The President, Goodluck Jonathan, has announced cash rewards N2 million and national honours to each member of the national U-17 football team, the Golden Eaglets, on Sunday.
Cash rewards would also be given to their handlers.
This announcement was made during a special reception in honour of the players at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The President promised to give N2 million to each of the team’s 19 players.
He also promised to give N3 million to the head coach, Manu Garba, and N2.5 million each to his two assistant coaches, Nduka Ugbade and Emmanuel Amunike.
The team’s doctor, physiotherapist, secretary, and the Chief Technical Officer were promised N500,000 each.
The Team Co-ordinator, Media Officer and Curator were also not left out as they were promised N300,000 each.
Apart from the cash rewards announced, the President said that the players, all their handlers and some key officials of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club would be given national honours at a later date.
Jonathan, who described the cash rewards as ”very very little tokens” from the federal government, urged state governments, the private sector and public-spirited individuals to emulate the federal government in rewarding the Eaglets.
The President praised the team’s dedication, discipline and spirit of sportsmanship, saying that they brought honour to the nation.
He said, “with commitment and hard work, from being the second best in Africa, the Eaglets had transformed to the best in the world by winning the World Cup”.
Jonathan noted that with the consistent winning of five major tournaments in the last two years, Nigeria had recorded its golden era in sports.
The President attributed the success in the sector to the pro-active measures and policy action taken by his administration after Nigeria’s disappointing performance at the 2012 London Olympics.
He assured that his administration would continue to provide necessary support in terms of facilities and funding to the sports sector.
“The victory of the Eaglets was for the whole of Africa and the beginning of the revival in the nation’s sorts sector,” Jonathan said.
He also charged stakeholders in the sector to harness the potentials of the victorious Eaglets for greater successes.