Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Eagles Gets Millions, Land, National Honours

The National football team, Super Eagles received millions of American dollars, plots of land and National Honours as rewards for their exploits at the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

The Nigerian President, Goodluckn Jonathan disclosed this while speaking during a dinner he staged for the African champions on Wednesday night at the State House.

Jonathan who said the Eagles flew at the competition against all odds dished out millions of Naira, plots of land and National Honours to the team.

Breaking the rewards down, Jonathan gave the Head Coach of the team, Stephen Keshi; N10 million, each player and Assistant coach; N5 million while the technical officers get N2 million each.

Besides, the President decorated the Head Coach with the Commander of the Order of Niger (CON), Assistant Coaches and the Captain of the team; Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) while all other players received; Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) honour.

Also, a plot of land in Abuja with all the titles was given to each member of the team. The plots are believed to be at the centenary city being designed to commemorate the celebration of Nigeria's one hundred years of existence.

The President went on to declare other well-meaning Nigerians' reward for the Super Eagles with Tony Elumelu, Emeka Ofor, Jim Ovia and Alhaji Rabiu Samad giving $500,000 each.

Communication guru, Mike Adenuga Jr dished out $1m to the players and another $200,000 for the the Chief Coach while Aliko Dangote splashed out $1m to the team as well.

Speaking after the programme, Elderson Achiejiele expressed excitement over the honour accorded to the team by the President.

He said the recognition received from the country will go on to motivate the team to excel in oncoming national assignments.

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