President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday night at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja, splashed cash gifts on the Golden Eaglets team that won the silver medals at the recently concluded CAF U-17 championship in Algeria.
The team, which, by virtue of its performance at the competition also qualified for the 2013 U-17 World Cup Finals to be hosted by United Arab Emirates in September, were honoured by the president for their feat as it was the case with the Paralympians and Super Eagles in February after winning the African Cup of Nations in South Africa.
While each of the players were given N500, 000 , the coach of the team, Garba Manu, was rewarded with N1 million. His assistants, Nduka Ugbade and Emmanuel Amuneke and goalkeeper trainer, Emeka Amadi, got N750,000 each.
President Jonathan also honoured athletes that took part in the U-18 athletics championship.
While gold medalists went home with N500, 000, silver and bronze medalists were given N400, 000 and N300, 000, respectively. Their coaches went home with N500, 000 each.