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Buhari rewards 1985 Golden Eaglets, others

21 January 2016, 17:38Israel Ojoko

Abuja - Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has finally rewarded the victorious 1985 Golden Eaglets with N2m each.

The U-16 Golden Eaglets won the 1985 FIFA championship when Buhari was military Head of State.

In a reception held in the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday, the President also fulfilled his promises to athletes and officials who did Nigeria proud in 2015 sports competitions, including the Golden Eaglets team that won the FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile last year.

N2m was given to the 1985 Eaglets, while their coaches got N1.5m. Ex-players who benefited from the reward includes Fatai Atere, Nduka Ugbade, Jonathan Akpoborie, Baldwin Bazuaye, Victor Igbinoba and late Kingsley Aikiobare who was represented by his aged mother, among others.

Also read: Nigerian stars in line for CAF awards

The current Golden Eaglets, who won Nigeria's fifth U-17 World Cup were given N1.2 million each, while their head coach Emmanuel Amuneke got N900 000 and his assistants N600 000. Other team officials got N200 000 to N300 000 each.

The Dream Team that won the 2015 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations were each rewarded with N500 000 while the coach, Samson Siasia, got the same amount.

World scrabble champion, Wellington Jighere, got N1.5m, while his coach got N1.2m.

D'Tigers, who won Nigeria's first Afrobasket title in Tunisia and qualified for the Olympics men's basketball event, got N600,000 each, with their coach getting N600,000, while other officials got N250,000 each.

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