President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday lavished a cash gift of over N150 million to the Super Eagles as federal government’s token for their outstanding performance in the just concluded 2013 Africa Cup of Nations where they emerged champions last Sunday, 19 years after its last victory at the tournament.
Jonathan made the announcement while speaking at a well-attended dinner reception held in honour of the Super Eagles at the Banquet Hall of the presidential villa, Abuja, yesterday night.
The president also announced that each of the players and coaches were to get one plot of land each in Abuja, just as he also conferred national honours on the national team members, the coaches and the technical crew members.
Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi, got N10 million while his two assistants – Daniel Amokachi and Ike Shorumu – and each player got N5 million. Other technical crew members got N2 million each.
In the order of the national honours award, Coach Keshi was conferred with the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) award, the two assistant coaches were honoured with the Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) award, while the players and others were conferred with the Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) awards.
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