Super Eagles players and technical staff on Sunday got the sum of N36.5million from Akwa Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio, for winning the last Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
Announcing the gift at a ceremony held in honour of the team at the Banquet Hall of the Akwa Ibom State Government House in Uyo, Akpabio said he was rewarding the team because of its hard work that led to its winning the trophy in South Africa.
Each member of the twenty three players receive N1million, the head coach Stephen Keshi, will get N2million and the three assistant coaches-Daniel Amokachi, Sylvanus Okpala, Ike Shorunmu N1m each for their good job behind the scene. N8.5million will be shared among the 17 support members of staff of the team as they will get five hundred thousand naira each.
The governor also announced a gift of already completed three bedroom apartment by the state government to the Eagle’s goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, in a choice estate that he prefers.
He said: “We appreciate the efforts put up by the players, their coaches and backroom staff as well as the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, and say we’re proud of them all. But we must say here that God had a hand in the Eagles because we prayed for them and God answered our prayers.
We’re happy that the Eagles are here in Uyo because this a place of blessing where transformation is the word for us. The state is ready to assistant the NFF to achieve her goals.”
Akpabio was full of praises for the Super Eagles.
“We celebrate you, you are the icons. We prayed for you. You are the future of this country.
“We hardly see anything to celebrate. That’s why when you did the miracle you did in South Africa, you brought back the Nigerian spirit,’’ he said.
Akpabio advised the footballers to shun drugs and drunkenness in order to be relevant in the scheme of things in the future.
“’Now that God has given you a coach, you have to respect him and be disciplined. Without discipline, you cannot be successful,’’ he told the players.