The Federal Government Tuesday night honoured members of the Super Eagles and the technical crew with mouth -watering gifts and National Honours at a special dinner held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa.
Each member of the Super Eagles received N5 million in addition to the National Honour of Member of the order of Niger (MON), while Stephen Keshi got N10 million.
Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, received the sum of N10 million, a plot of land in Abuja and the National Honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger (con), Assistant Coaches Daniel Amokachi and Ike Shorumi went home with N5 million, a plot of land each and Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON)
Super Eagles Captain Joseph Yobo was honoured with the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) while other members of the team received Member of the Order of the Niger (MON). They also got a plot of land each in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and N5 million each.
The Minister of Sports Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi had told the audience that the victory of the Super Eagles was a milestone and appealed to Nigerians to shun acrimony and join the federal government in the development of sports.
The reception attracted dignitaries and sports lovers from across the country with the president urging them to continue with the splashing and gifts for the award winning super eagles, even as they aim at conquering the world.
The President also announced cash donations from other Nigerians including $1million from Mike Adenuga (Jnr) to the players and $200,000 to Stephen Keshi while Aliko Dangote donated N5 million to each of the players.
Other cash donations announced by President Jonathan include $500,000 each from Emeka Ofor, Jim Ovia and Tony Elumelu.
President Jonathan told members of the team that their victory in South Africa has, “put a spring in our steps, golden smiles on our lips and has indicated that Nigeria is a land of opportunities.