Bloemfontein - Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdulahi has redeemed
his pledge of $100 000 to the Super Eagles for defeating Morocco in the quarter
final and another $100 000 for their sterling performance against Ghana despite
losing on penalties.
The minister hailed the resilience of the Super Eagles at
the ongoing African Nations tournament in South Africa, declaring that
Nigerians from President Goodluck Jonathan to the common man on the streets
appreciate the team.
Speaking when he addressed the team at their President Hotel
and Conference Centre in Bloemfontein, Abdulahi said despite the Eagles losing
via penalty shootout to Ghana in the semi-final of the CHAN tournament he was
totally satisfied with the performance of the players and will continue to support
the team to achieve more.
He also urged the team to go ahead and win the third place
match against Zimbabwe on Saturday, assuring that they will get the reward of
the government when they do that.
NFF President, Aminu Maigari, who himself personally doled
out $10,000 to the team before the Ghana game on Wednesday, assured the
Minister that the team will get better as it prepares for the Brazil 2014 World
Cup. He said earnest preparations are already in place for an outstanding
outing by the team at the championship.
Team Coach, Stephen Keshi and Captain Chigozie Agbim,
assured that the team will not disappoint in the third place game to be played
on Saturday in Cape Town. Keshi thanked the youthful Minister for his support
for the team and assured that the team will get better with every opportunity