Players and officials of the Super Eagles were overjoyed on Wednesday in Atlanta, USA as President of Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, handed over to them, Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) of plots of land promised them by the Executive Governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke, CON , for their triumph at last year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
”It is my pleasure to present to you the Certificates of Occupancy of plots of land promised you by Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State, a true lover and supporter of Nigeria football, for your victory at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
”Governor Imoke has once more demonstrated that he is a man of his words. He has also told me that he has something special for you all if you do Nigeria and Africa proud at the FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil. He will be there in Brazil to support you,” Maigari told players and officials at their W. Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, following the impressive 0-0 draw with 19th-ranked Mexico in an international friendly at the Georgian Dome.
Sports-loving Governor Imoke made the pledge when he hosted the players and officials at the Government House, Calabar where the team had presented him with the glittering trophy. He also gave out cash reward.
The Certificates of Occupancy were collected from Governor Imoke and delivered to the NFF President in USA by NFF’s Director of Technical, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme.
Most of the players invited for the friendly against Mexico were part of the 23-man squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations for Nigeria for only the third time ever last year. All the coaches and backroom staff present in Atlanta are also legitimate beneficiaries.