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Akwa Ibom Governor Splashes N18million on Super Eagles
Ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia, the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has redeemed his pledge of $10,000 per goal to the Super Eagles after victories in matches against Cameroon, while calling on the 3 –time African champions to go all out for a win against Zambia on Saturday and expect ‘a handsome reward’ from him.
The influential governor had earlier promised the players $10,000 for every goal, two days before their clash with the Indomitable Lions, and the Eagles walloped the reigning African champions 4-0 in Uyo on the first day of September, before earning a 1-1 draw with the Lions in Yaounde three days later.
With five goals in all, the Super Eagles have made N18 million for themselves and the governor has even promised more if the team earns a sixth FIFA World Cup appearance by winning on Saturday.
Udom said; “I know you have the quality to overcome in this important match, but I don’t want you to underrate your opponents. I love the professionalism and dedication to the cause that you have shown since the beginning of this qualifying campaign. Those efforts have put Nigeria at the top of the table.
“I want to commend the NFF, your coaches and the support staff for the great job they have all done in support of your efforts to get to this position. You are just one win away from achieving your goal. The Zambians are taking this game as a do-or-die affair, so we need to be totally focused and play like soldiers.”
Responding on behalf of the team, Captain Mikel John Obi thanked the Governor and pledged to him and indeed Nigerians everywhere that the Super Eagles will not disappoint on Saturday.
“We very much appreciate the role Your Excellency, the Government and good people of Akwa Ibom State, the NFF and Nigerians from all walks of life have played to get us to this position in this campaign. We know how much this match means and we will go out there and do the job.”