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Thursday Jan 21, 2016. 12:29
As exclusively reported from last week, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday morning rewarded the country’s victorious U17 Class of 1985 and 2015 as well as the U23 team with various cash gifts at a special reception at the Aso Presidential Villa in Abuja.
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The players of the Golden Eaglets, who clinched a record fifth World Cup in Chile in November, received 1.2 million Naira each with their officials pocketing various sums of cash as well.
Heroes of the country at the inaugural FIFA U17 World Cup in 1985 in China received 2 million Naira each.
Buhari, then military head of state in 1985, promised the history-making various gifts, which were not fulfilled 31 years ago.
The country’s Olympic team led by coach Samson Siasia were rewarded with 600,000 Naira-per player with the team officials getting various cash gifts as well.
The U23s won the 2015 U23 AFCON in Dakar, Senegal, and will feature at this year’s Rio Olympics.