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- 000 dollars per goal scored by the Super Eagles in their African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against the Bafana Bafana football club of South Africa, Governor of Delta State has redeemed his pledge of $25, Ifeanyi Okowa
Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State has redeemed his pledge of $25, 000 dollars per goal scored by the Super Eagles in their African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against the Bafana Bafana football club of South Africa.
Speaking at a state banquet held in honour of the Super Eagles at Government House, Asaba, Governor Okowa disclosed that though, the match ended 1-1, he saw the Super Eagles scoring more than one goal.
According to Senator Okowa, “as a state government, we did made a promise that we will give 25, 000 dollars per goal in the AFCON qualifying match in South Africa; in my mind, I know we scored two goals, not one goal, because the second goal was wrongly disallowed, so, we will fulfil our promise with what we saw, not with what was announced by the referee.”
Senator Okowa further disclosed that the camping of the Super Eagles in Asaba was a blessing in several ways.
Dr. Okowa further added, , “we are very happy that you left for South Africa from Asaba because you enabled us to witness the first international flight from the Asaba International Airport; I am truly excited this evening that we are hosting our dear Super Eagles as a state government and the Ugandan Team that earlier played with the Super Eagles at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, we truly enjoyed ourselves because the two teams played good football.”
He stated that his administration will continue to invest in the development of sports and sporting activities, noting that Principal’s Cup and the Headmaster’s Cup football championship were designed to encourage the development of football in secondary and primary schools in the state.
Mr. Amadi Pinnick, President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had in his speech expressed appreciation to Governor Okowa for his support to the Super Eagles, stating that the team had qualified for the 2019 edition of AFCON.
Responding on behalf of members of the Super Eagles, Ahmed Musa, Captain of the Super Eagles expressed appreciation to Governor Okowa and the people of Delta State for their support for the Super Eagles.
According to Musa, “we will love to come back here again and on behalf of my team mates, we say thank you. I am hopeful that Governor Okowa will be re-elected in 2019 to enable him join the Super Eagles as Special Guest of Honour at AFCON in Cameroon.”
High point of the event which saw renowned Nigerian born musicians and comedians performing was the presentation of a Super Eagles jersey signed by all the members of the team to Governor Okowa.
The governor in turn, presented the money he promised the team for every goal scored to the Captain of the Super Eagles, Ahmed Musa.
The Cranes of Uganda that earlier held the Super Eagles to a goalless draw at the Stephen Keshi Stadium attended the dinner.