Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Monday followed through with his pledge to pay $60,000 to players of Nigeria's Dream Team VI following the team's 2-1 home victory against Congo-Brazzaville in an African U-23 Olympic qualifier yesterday.
The game took place at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The governor, who had promised the players the sum of $30,000 for every goal and $100,000 for a 3-0 victory, addressed the players and officials at a reception hosted for the team, handing over the sum of $60,000 as promised. He expressed joy that the team played one of the best football games he has seen in years.
"You guys made Nigerians proud with the way you played against the Congolese,” he said. “You showed that the future of Nigeria football is bright and that the NFF is on the right path in putting the country's football on the world map.”
The new governor also appealed to the leadership of the NFF to bring more matches, including those of the Super Eagles, to Port Harcourt, saying his government is ready to bring a crowd for the team. He mentioned that the people of Rivers State are ready to put the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium to full capacity.
In his response, NFF Vice President Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi thanked Governor Wike for his support, including mobilizing over 40,000 spectators to cheer the Dream Team VI to victory.