Businessman Boosts Eagles Morale with Promise of Dollar Rain
A businessman from Akwa Ibom State, Aka Udofia, has boosted the morale of Nigeria’s Senior National football team, The Super Eagles, ahead of this evening’s second leg 2018 World Cup qualifier against The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon with a promise of 20 thousand dollars for each goal scored in today’s game. The Nigeria Football Federation twitter account (@thenff) described Udofia as “a young and ebullient businessman”. It adds that he made that promise “as he briefly greeted players and officials inside the chartered ARIK Bombadier CRJ 1000 aircraft just before take-off at the Ibom International Airport, Uyo.”
The NFF’s report quotes Udofia as saying “I am a very good friend of the NFF President Mr. Amaju Pinnick, and I am happy that I am here in time to see you guys before take-off for Yaounde. I watched the game against the Cameroonians here in Uyo on Friday and I am sure you have the ability to conquer them again in their own territory. I promise to reward you with $20,000 for every goal scored in Yaounde.”
Players and officials of the Super Eagles reportedly applauded him for the gesture. It would be recalled that Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State promised to reward the Super Eagles with $10,000 (ten thousand) dollars for each goal scored, before their match against the Indomitable Lions last Friday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The Eagles beat Cameroon 4-0 in that match. At the time of filing this report, there was no indication that the Governor has redeemed that promise. He redeemed a promise of $30,000 made in November 2016 before the Super Eagles’ 3-1 victory over Algeria, just before last week’s game against Cameroon.
The match between Cameroon and Nigeria is scheduled to kick off at 6.00pm today. Nigeria would likely line up the same players that beat Cameroon in the first leg tie today, judging from the fact that there is no report of injury to any of those players whose fluid style in that game completely overwhelmed Cameroon, Africa’s reigning Nations Cup champions. Nigeria did not qualify to partake in the competition when Cameroon won it this year in Gabon.
We wish the Super Eagles victory in today’s game!
- Cornelius Ellah