Presidency Rejects N750,000-per Player Reward For Victorious Golden Eaglets

Presidency Rejects N750,000-per Player Reward For Victorious Golden Eaglets

By Felix Ojong | Sports Reporter on December 18, 2015
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With the victory, Nigeria obtained their fifth crown in the U-17 category on Sunday at the Sausalito Stadium here. | Getty Images

A much lower proposal of 150,000 Naira per player of the victorious Golden Eaglets has been tabled by the sports ministry after a proposal of 750,000 Naira-a-player was rejected by the country’s Presidency as “too much”.

It has already been reported that the federal government has rejected an initial proposal by the sports ministry to reward the Eaglets after they won a fifth FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile last month, according to Today.

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets retain the crown. The fast and furious Golden Eagles beat Mali 2-0 in the final of the FIFA U17 World Cup Men in Chile. | Getty Images
Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets retain the crown. The fast and furious Golden Eagles beat Mali 2-0 in the final of the FIFA U17 World Cup Men in Chile. | Getty Images

This week the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that next year will be rough for the country because of the poor economy and has moved to cut back drastically on government spendings.

It would, therefore, be seen as double standards if the government now splashes a fortune on the schoolboy stars.

“The proposal has been reviewed after the first rejection. We wait for the green light from the presidency on the date for the reception and the reward,” a sports ministry official disclosed.

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