Gifts have not stopped pouring in for the Super Eagles since they won the 2013 AFCON.
The Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, on Wednesday, said the Super Eagles victory at the 2013 African Cup of Nations, AFCON, is the tonic needed by Nigeria to reinvent itself as a country and become the best developed country in Africa.
Mr. Imoke made this declaration at the Executive Council Chambers of the Governor’s Office, while playing host to the national team.
“We must give you credit for the merit you achieved by winning this trophy through capacity, self belief, confidence and sacrifice”, he said amidst applause at the jammed hall.
The governor said he was glad when he saw Nigerian players receive their gold medals in South Africa.
“It shows the tournament was made for Africa and was won by Africa, unlike in the past when we had white coaches being the only ones that can win trophies for Nigeria. Keshi and his crew must stand to be counted among all time greats of our nation”, he said.
The Cross River Governor then announced a bulk donation of N25million to the entire team of coaches, officials and players, and a plot of land each in a choice area of the state capital, Calabar.
Mr. Imoke also gave the Nigeria Football Federation N5 million for what he described as their wonderful organisational abilities.
The Nigeria Football Federation Vice President, Mike Umeh, commended the governor for his gesture.
“Let me also use this opportunity to express our very sincere appreciation to Your Excellency and Government for the massive support and assistance for the U-17 National Team, Golden Eaglets, to gestate and bond well here in Calabar, and to also play and win their qualifying matches for the African U-17 Championship which will take place in Morocco next month. Your gestures have been marvelous,” Mr. Umeh said.
Super Eagles boss, Stephen Keshi; and skipper, Vincent Enyeama, said they were overwhelmed by Governor Imoke’s show of love and his fatherly advice at all times. They assured him that they will do him and the nation proud at the forthcoming Confederations Cup to be hosted by Brazil in June.