Players of the Super Eagles of Nigeria could not have wished for any thing better so long as they remain prolific and bang in the goals in their last two remaining games at the African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Nigerian billionaires Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola have both pledged as sum total of $75,0000 to the Nigerian team for every goal they score in their remaining matches.
Dangote has promised to pay the team $50,000 while Femi Otedola is ready to dash the them $25,000 for each goal they score.
This was contained in a statement released by the Nigerian Football Federation cited by ghanaguardian.com
Nigeria cruised into the semi finals on Wednesday night after a last gasp William Troost Ekong goal gave them a 2-1 lead which ensured they progress at the expense of the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.
The two businessmen made the promise on Thursday, according to a statement by the Nigeria Football Federation.
The statement added, “On a visit to the team’s Le Meridien Cairo Airport Hotel on Thursday morning, during which he urged the players to even redouble their efforts in order to cross the semi-final stage on Sunday, President of the NFF, Mr Amaju Pinnick, put a call through to the two well-known philanthropists and tasked them to commit to supporting the team.
“Dangote, who holds Nigeria’s second highest national honour (GCON) is the President of Dangote Group and is ranked as the richest person of African descent in the world. The Dangote Group has interests in various commodities in Nigeria and other African countries.
“Oil baron Otedola has recently been involved in a number of commendable interventions for ailing former Nigerian international players, including 1980 AFCON winning team –captain Christian Chukwu and goalkeeper Peter Fregene."
“Further words of encouragement came from His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) following Wednesday night’s victory, with the President urging the team and their handlers to be focused, disciplined and scale the remaining two hurdles to glory.”
It will be recalled that following their Round of 16 defeat of Cup holders Cameroon in Alexandria on Saturday, businessman Captain Hosa Wells Okunbor pledged the sum of $20,000 for every player, while Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State gave $5,000 to every player.