Lagos - A 1985 Golden Eaglets player Fatai Atere has
expressed disappointment over the N2m cash gift President Muhammadu Buhari gave
the successful team who won the FIFA U16 World Championship.
In a reception held in Abuja on Thursday, 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.
But Atere was disappointed as he was expecting a whooping
N200m from the president.
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”To be honest it was disappointing, but for the President to
remember us; that is a good thing. If they’d told me he was giving us only N2million
I wouldn’t even bother leaving America. But seeing my teammates after 30 (31)
years; I love the camaraderie, I like talking to them,” Atere told
”Its like the President rightly said, that its just a token
and I’ll take that. I thought what he said it was N200million and perhaps that
was his intention because after 30 years to give me 2 million is not right. But
I appreciate that, and I thank him, God bless Nigeria.”
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
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
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