Calabar - Gov. Liyel Imoke of Cross River, has donated N25 million to the players and coaches of the Super Eagles for winning the 2013 AFCON trophy in South Africa.
The governor also donated N5 million to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Imoke, who made the donation on Wednesday in Calabar when he was presented with the trophy, announced that government would allocate a plot of land to each member of the team in choice area of Calabar metropolis.
He said that Certificate of Occupancy would be given to the players as soon as possible and enjoined them to develop their plots to enjoy the serene atmosphere in the city.
``This gesture is to show our appreciation for your hard work, commitment, and dedication to your fatherland. You can always count on us for support, ‘’ he said.
The governor said that the victory of the team in South Africa was a great lesson to all Nigerians when nobody gave them a chance.
He said that he was excited in the victory of the boys, especially as they progressed in the championship against other football giants in Africa.
``It was a moment of excitement for me, ‘’ he said, and commended Coach Stephen Keshi and members of his crew for doing a good job.
``I had always believed in my mind that local coaches can do the same thing that people like Clemence Westerhorf did in Nigeria.
``And that is why, I say that, for us, it was a true African Championship; won by African champions, ‘’ he said.
Imoke said that he was confident that with the blend of foreign and local players, the team could be World champions.
In his remark, Mr Mike Umeh, first Vice President, NFF, said that the team was in government house Calabar in fulfilment of its promise of wining and bringing the Cup to the city.
Umeh, who represented NFF president, Alhaji Aminu Maigairi, described Calabar as the `home of the Super Eagles.’
He thanked the government and people of Cross River for their support to the team.
Responding, the Captain of the Super Eagles, Vincent Enyeama who thanked the governor for the gesture, described Imoke as a true Father of the team.
He said that Imoke’s fatherly advice was partly responsible for their victory in South Africa.
NAN recalls that the Super Eagles played all their qualifying matches in U.J. Esuene Stadium Calabar enroute the 2013 AFCON in South Africa.