Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Monday redeemed his pledge to players of the Dream Team, following the team’s 2-1 victory over Congo in an African U-23 Championship qualifying game played on Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium.
The Nigeria Football Federation announced in a release on Monday that Wike had promised the players $30,000 for every goal and $100,000 for a 3-0 win.
He, however, addressed the players and officials at a reception hosted for the team and handed over $60,000 and expressed joy that the U-23s played some of the best football he has seen in years.
“You guys made Nigerians proud with the way you played against the Congolese,” Wike said. “You showed that the future of Nigeria football is bright and that the NFF is on the right path in putting the country’s football on the world map. All I can tell you guys is that if the Congolese can score a goal here, you can do more than that in Congo in the return leg. I am proud of you and so is the generality of Nigerians.”
Appealing to the NFF to bring more matches including those of the Super Eagles to Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said the Rivers State is ready to put the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium to full use as the edifice is one of the best in the country.
The Governor then disclosed that in a bid to ensure that the team gets all the support and prepares without distraction to excel in Congo in the return leg, he would be extending their stay in the Port Harcourt by another week.