13 February 2013

Nigeria: President Jonathan Hosts Victorious Super Eagles

President Goodluck Jonathan has rewarded members of the victorious Super Eagles with national honours, cash awards and land in Abuja.

At a reception held at the Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday, February 12, at the team’s return from South Africa, President Jonathan announced a cash reward of N10 million for the Head Coach Stephen Keshi, and N5 million to other coaches and players.

The team’s technical officials are to receive N2 million cash each.

The President announced the conferment of national honours on members of the team – Coach Stephen Keshi was awarded the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON); his assistants – Daniel Amokachi and Ike Shorunmu – and team captain, Joseph Yobo were awarded the Officer of the Federal Republic(OFR) while the rest of the players received Member of the Order of the Niger (MON).

The President proceeded to decorate the players and officials with the national honours medal to applause from the audience.

President Jonathan also assured Coach Stephen Keshi of Government's total support on his “national assignment,” and urged governors to honour and reward the victorious national team in their respective states.

Dignitaries present at the colourful reception were First Lady dame Patience Jonathan, Vice President Namadi Sambo, Senate President David Mark, House Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, ministers and legislators.

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