Corporate giant, Guinness Nigeria Plc, has pledged to give $5000 reward for every goal scored by the Super Eagles at the ongoing African Cup of Nations in South Africa.
Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, President Aminu Maiagri who said the deal was brokered by Pamodzi Limited, urged the players to go for the kill and get dollar rain from Guinness in the remainder of the championship as they get set for their make or mar last first round match against Ethiopia on Tuesday.
The award is coming just as the River State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has expressed optimism that the Super Eagles would still go far at the ongoing Nations Cup championship, despite drawing its first two games, with a group game to go.
Amaechi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, made the remarks after donating $100,000 to the team in Nelspruit on Friday afternoon as an incentive to spur them to greater achievement as the game progresses.
He further revealed that he has the words of President Goodluck Jonathan that the team will not lack anything to excel at the championship, adding that he also brought the compliments of Aliko Dangote to the team as well as assurance a huge donation if the team progresses to the quarter final.
“Dangote asked me to tell you that will be here personally to support the team and cheer you to victory”, Amaechi, who was in the company of the Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa, S.S Yusuf, Consul General Okey Emuchay; and NFF, President, Aminu Maigari , told the players.
Maigari praised the support the NFF and the Super Eagles have received from Amaechi over the years, while Skipper Joseph Yobo assured that despite initial hiccups the team would excel at the ongoing championships.
On Saturday, it was the turn of the Executive Mayor of Mbombela, Catherine Dlamini, to ginger up the Super Eagles, when she paid a courtesy visit on the team during lunch time.
Accompanied by a Councillor, Moris Mozibane, she was received on behalf of the team by NFF Vice President, Mike Umeh, executive committee members, Chris Green, Emeka Inyama and Felix Anyansi-Agwu.
Mrs Dlamini said her visit was to enable her boost the spirit of the team ahead of their last group game against Ethiopia, adding that she expects the team to return to Nelspruit for the quarter finals.
She thereafter presented the team with gift bags before receiving a symbolic present of a Super Eagles jersey by team Skipper, Joseph Yobo, who assured the Mayor that the team was sure to return to Nelspruit for the quarters.
Umeh who spoke in similar vein assured that the team would not let Nigerians and the Mayor down in its quest for honours at Afcon 2013.