By Sab Osuji:
Former Nigeria striker, Ben Akwuegbu, has posited that the Golden Eaglets deserve commensurate reward for making the country proud in Chile where they won the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Akwuegbu who once starred for the Golden Eaglets told Completesportsnigeria.com that it won't be too much for the players to be given cash, houses and national honours by the Nigerian government.
The Golden Eaglets who defeated Mali 2-0 in the all-West African final of the Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup to lift the trophy a record fifth time, will be received by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja, on Wednesday.
"These players did the nation real proud in Chile," Akwuegbu, who is currently head coach of Gratkorn FC, Austria, told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"Nobody gave them the chance before the tournament and they were even heavily criticised by many.
"But they have proved there is huge talent in Nigeria."
Nigeria first won the trophy in 1985 in China when President Muhammadu Buhari was military head of state.
He re-named the team from Baby Eagles to Golden Eaglets.
Now back in power as Nigeria's democratic President, Buhari has been welcomed back into office with the U-17 World Cup trophy and Akwuegbu has outlined what he considers ideal reward for the youngsters.
"Giving them cash and house won't be too much," Akwuegbu said.
"They also deserve national awards, like Member of the Order of the Niger.
"They deserve scholarship awards too, especially for those of them who would want to continue their academic pursuits.
"Besides, NFF should ensure the players are guided against falling into the hands of wrong agents.
"They should be guided against joining wrong clubs in Europe."