Nigeria Head of State President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday rewarded the 1985 victorious Golden Eaglets, thirty years after their heroics in the maiden edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in China.
The team won the trophy in 1985, when President Buhari was the military Head of State, and he reportedly promised to honor the team for its victory. However his tenure was cut short by a military coup, thereby making it impossible for him to fulfill his promise.
The President at a reception to honour the team and other victorious Nigerian athletes in recent competitions said the reward given to them was not payment for their services to the country but a “token of appreciation”.
Each of the players in the 1985 squad got a cash gift of N2 million while their coaches were given N1.5 million each.
Meanwhile, coach Emmanuel Amuneke led U-17 team that won the world championship last year were also rewarded with N1.2 million each while the chief coach, Emmanuel Amuneke was given 900,000.00 and his assistants got 600,000.00 each.
The team secretary and medical team got 300,000.00 each, while other officials got N200,000.00 each.