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African junior champs round-up: Athletes expect Jonathan to splash the cash

Nigerian Under-20 athletes are looking forward to President Goodluck Jonathan’s Naira rain as they continue to raise the roof over their exploits in Mauritius, where they ruled the African Junior Championships.

President Jonathan, against all expectations, hosted the team to the African Youth Championships in Warri last April and even before the competition started in Mauritius; the athletes began to debate with numbers, how much they will get from the President, if they won the Championships. Jonathan gave each of the AYAC team members N500, 000.

“The athletes at the African junior meet deserve to be given a befitting reward. They have worked very hard to bring honour to Nigeria.

“During camping, sometimes their allowances were not forthcoming and they had to trek from the hotel to training venue in Sapele. They were most disciplined and cooperated with the coaches.

“During the championships in Mauritius they conducted themselves very well. And I think President Jonathan should equally honor these athletes,” an Athletics Federation of Nigeria official said in Mauritius.


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