Victorious Golden Eaglets have been handed N40,000 each for emerging the champions of the WAFU B U17 by the Nigeria Football Federation.
The Golden Eaglets blazed their way into the championship beating all opponents.
The boys were hosted on Tuesday by the Sports and Youth Development Minister, Honourable Sunday Dare on Tuesday where he heaped plaudits on the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation for the successes achieved.
“I want to give credit to the NFF for implementing the cardinal principles that we agreed at meetings on youth football development. Now, we can see that the emphasis on merit and competence has started to bear fruits. The U17 and U20 girls have qualified for their FIFA World Cup competitions with aplomb and the U17 and U20 boys have won regional tournaments in emphatic manner, with promises of what we can look forward to at their African championships next year.
“Our hard focus on grassroots development in all sports will continue. I congratulate the players and their coaches of the Golden Eaglets for winning so convincingly in Ghana and I want to charge you to remain focused for the continental championship in order to get the ticket to the World Cup. For you players, you must stay humble, hardworking, and obedient to your coaches.”
According to an Abuja-based outlet, BSN Sports the Nigeria Football Federation gave each member of the team N40,000.
One of the top coaches of the team who spoke with BSN Sports on condition of anonymity said; “NFF paid Forty thousand Naira into the player’s account. Though they (NFF) said it was for transportation to their different location I am not sure if other amounts would be added.
“The Ministry of Sports promised to give us (Golden Eaglets) Two Million naira (N2m) and if that money is received, player will get Thirty thousand naira (N30,000) while officials get Fifty thousand Naira (N50,000) each.”