President Goodluck Jonathan has announced cash rewards and national honours for the Golden Eaglets and their handlers who won the FIFA Under-seventeen World Cup on Friday in the United Arab Emirates, UAE.
President Jonathan made the announcement at a special reception in honour of the victorious Golden Eaglets, held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The President announced a cash reward of two million naira to each of the team’s nineteen players.
He also gave three million naira to the head coach, Manu Garba, and two point fivemillion naira each to the two assistant coaches, Nduka Ugbade and Emmanuel Amunike.
The President said that the players, all their handlers and some key officials of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club would be given national honours at a later date
President Jonathan, who described the cash rewards as very little tokens from the federal government, urged state governments, the private sector and public-spirited individuals to follow the federal government’s step in rewarding the Eaglets.
The President extolled the team’s dedication, discipline and spirit of sportsmanship, noting that they brought honour to the nation.
President Jonathan noted that with the consistent winning of five major tournaments in the last two years, Nigeria has recorded its golden era in sports.
The President attributed the success in the sector to the pro-active measures and policy action taken by his administration after the country’s disappointing performance at the 2012 London Olympics.
He assured that his administration would continue to provide necessary support in terms of facilities and funding to the sports sector.
He also charged stakeholders in the sector to harness the potentials of the victorious Eaglets for greater successes.