Gov Udom Emmanuel redeems $50,000 pledge to Super Eagles

Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel, has redeemed his pledge of $10,000 per goal scored by the Super Eagles in their matches against Cameroon.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) made the disclosure on Thursday in Abuja.

Governor Emmanuel had promised the team $10,000 for every goal scored, two days before their clash with the reigning African champions, whom the Super Eagles walloped 4-0 in Uyo on September 1.

They went on to earn a 1-1 draw with the Lions in Yaounde on September 4.

“Governor Emmanuel redeemed the pledge on Wednesday, while calling on the Super Eagles to do better on Saturday against Zambia, and expect ‘a handsome reward’ from him.

“There will be more incentives for the Eagles if the team could earn a sixth FIFA World Cup appearance by winning on Saturday,”  NFF’s spokesman, Ademola Olajire announced in a statement.

“I know you have the quality to overcome in this important match, but I don’t want you to underrate your opponents.

“I love the professionalism and dedication to cause that you have shown since the beginning of this qualifying campaign. Those efforts have put Nigeria at the top of the table.

“I want to commend the NFF, your coaches and the support staff for the great job they have all done in support of your efforts to get to this position.

“You are just one win away from achieving your goal. The Zambians are taking this game as a do-or-die affair, so we need to be totally focused and play like soldiers,’’ it quoted the governor as saying.

The statement said Super Eagles’ Captain, Mikel John Obi, thanked the governor and pledged to him and indeed Nigerians everywhere that the team would not disappoint on Saturday.

“We very much appreciate the role Your Excellency, the Government and good people of Akwa Ibom State, the NFF and Nigerians from all walks of life have played to get us to this position in this campaign.

“We know how much this match means and we will go out there and do the job,’’ he said.

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