NFF hails Nigerian dignitaries who cheered Eagles to victory

by Lekan Sowande

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has commended top Nigerian dignitaries who were present in the Alexandria Stadium in Egypt on Saturday, to cheer the Super Eagles to victory in the AFCON Round of 16 clash against Cameroon.

Acting President of the NFF, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi listed the top officials and said the Federation is immensely grateful to them not only for their presence, but for displaying so much passion cheering and believing in the Super Eagles.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick (second left) with Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila (right), Gov. Babatunde Sanwo-Olu (second right), Captain Hosea (middle) and CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele (left) at the Nigeria Vs Cameroon AFCON match in Alexandria on Saturday.

“We want to specially thank the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Sanwo-Olu.”

“The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele; and Captain Hosea Wells Okunbor, a staunch financier and supporter of the Super Eagles,” he added.

“These distinguished personalities did not only show up a the Alexandria Stadium; they also displayed so much passion and love for the game of football, and our dear nation.

“They were so much involved and always believed the Super Eagles would prevail,” he said.

Three-time champions Nigeria put the Cup holders to the sword with two quick goals in the second half, making the scoreline to 3-2, after the Indomitable Lions led in the first half by 2-1.

Nigeria will take on South Africa in a much anticipated quarter final duel at the 75,000 –capacity Cairo International Stadium on Wednesday night.

NFF GS Sanusi(right) with Alhaji Abba Yola (second right), Nwankwo Kanu and Samuel Eto’o Fils at Saturday’s AFCON match.

Apart from his presence at the match venue, Captain Hosea Okunbor gifted the Super Eagles with the sum of $20,000 per player.

The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu also gifted the players with  $5,000 each.

The President of AITEO Group, NFF’s Optimum Partner, Mr. Benedict Peters weighed in with the sum of $75,000 for the entire team for the three goals scored, at $25,000 per goal as he promised before the match.

These financial gifts are aside the $12,500 per player that the NFF will pay the players, for a place in the last eight.