Afcon 2019: Dangote, Otedola Promises to Reward Super Eagles $75,000 Per Goal Ahead of Algeria Semi-Final Clash
Africa’s billionaires Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola have promised to give the Super Eagles $50,000 and $25,000 respectively for each goals scored in their semi-final game against Algeria.
This is coming after the Eagles’ impressive performance against South Africa at the quarter-final of the competition.
Following their second-round victory over defending champions Cameroon, The team was showered with financial rewards by prominent Nigerians including Federal Government delegation.
Businessman Captain Hosa Wells Okunbor pledged the sum of $20,000 for every player, while Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State gave $5,000 to every player.
The two businessmen made the promise on Thursday, according to a statement by the Nigeria Football Federation.
Africa’s richest businessman, @AlikoDangote promises the @NGSuperEagles $50k for every goal they score in the #AFCON2019 semi-final. @realFemiOtedola will pay $25k per goal. Hear @thenff President @PinnickAmaju, speaking at @MeridienCairo on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/hc0W2rv4P5
— Osasu Obayiuwana (@osasuo) July 11, 2019
The statement added, “On a visit to the team’s Le Meridien Cairo Airport Hotel on Thursday morning, during which he urged the players to even redouble their efforts in order to cross the semi-final stage on Sunday, President of the NFF, Mr Amaju Pinnick, put a call through to the two well-known philanthropists and tasked them to commit to supporting the team.
“Dangote, who holds Nigeria’s second highest national honour (GCON) is the President of Dangote Group and is ranked as the richest person of African descent in the world. The Dangote Group has interests in various commodities in Nigeria and other African countries.
“Oil baron Otedola has recently been involved in a number of commendable interventions for ailing former Nigerian international players, including 1980 AFCON winning team –captain Christian Chukwu and goalkeeper Peter Fregene.
“Further words of encouragement came from His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) following Wednesday night’s victory, with the President urging the team and their handlers to be focused, disciplined and scale the remaining two hurdles to glory.”