Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa on Wednesday, made good his pledge of $25, 000 dollars per goal scored by the Super Eagles in their African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against the Bafana Bafana football club of South Africa.
The match, which took place at the weekend in Johannesburg, South Africa ended 1-1 with the Super Eagles qualifying for the championship billed to hold in Cameroon in 2019.
At a state banquet held in honour of the Super Eagles at Government House, Asaba, Governor Okowa disclosed that though, the match ended 1-1, he saw the Super Eagles scoring more than one goal.
“As a state government, we did made a promise that we will give 25, 000 dollars per goal in the AFCON qualifying match in South Africa. In my mind, I know we scored two goals, not one goal, because the second goal was wrongly disallowed. So, we will fulfil our promise with what we saw, not with what was announced by the referee,” the governor said.
Governor Okowa disclosed that the camping of the Super Eagles in Asaba was a blessing in several ways. The Super Eagles trained at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba from where they departed through the Asaba International Airport to South Africa.
Shortly before their departure, Governor Okowa promised to reward them with the sum of $25, 000 for every goal scored which motivated the Super Eagles to qualify for the continental championship.
Governor Okowa congratulated the Super Eagles for qualifying for AFCON, assuring that his administration would continue to support the Pinnick Amaju -l ed Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to succeed.