Friday, November 15, 2013

Congratulations to Nigeria for wining the U-17 World Cup: The Golden Eaglets receive cash rewards from President Jonathan


CONGRATULATIONS TO Nigeria for winning the Under-17 World Cup for a record fourth time on Friday,  November 8th,  2013 with a 3-0 win over champions Mexico.
Erick Aguirre's own goal put the Golden Eaglets in front in Abu Dhabi.
The Nigerian Eaglets then doubled their lead with a tap in from Kelechi Iheanacho before captain Musa Mohamed's free kick sealed the win.
Nigeria also picked up the tournament's fair-play award and Dele Alampasu was awarded the Golden Glove for being the best goalkeeper.

Ever since their win, the very young team have enjoyed lots of attention from stars like music Nigerian sensation Davido giving a shout out via twitter to the President hosting the entire team in Abuja, Nigeria.

As part of their reward package for winning the tournament, Nigerian  President Goodluck Jonathan announced a two million Naira ($12,600) reward for each of the players, three million naira [$18,900] and 2.5 million naira [$15,780] for the head coach and his assistants.
Other officials got between 300,000 naira ($1,890) and 500,000 naira ($3,150) each.
The President also promised he will reward the team handlers with national honours, while calling on the private sector to support him in rewarding the team.
"You won fairly and convincingly and we are very proud of you," President Jonathan told the team at a reception in Abuja.

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Although President Jonathan  implored the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to make sure the players are trained and properly groomed to represent the country at the senior level, Nigeria Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi says the U17 players should not be rushed into international football at senior level.
"I will want the players to take the natural route of maturity, play for the U20 and the U23 teams and then we can start looking at them," he said.
"During that period we may find one or two of them that can make impact in the national team and we will not hesitate to invite them