December 7, 2015

Govt reject Naira rain for victorious Eaglets

Govt reject Naira rain for victorious Eaglets

Nigeria’s players celebrate with the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 trophy, at Sausalito stadium in Vina del Mar, on November 8, 2015. Nigeria defeated Mali 2-0. AFP PHOTO

A reward package proposed by the sports ministry for Nigeria’s team to the recent FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile has been rejected by the country’s government as “too outrageous”, sources at the Presidency have revealed.

The government of President Muhammadu Buhari has sounded it loud and clear the country’s coffers are hugely depleted and as such it cannot afford unnecessary expenditure.

The Golden Eaglets received cash gifts as well as national honours when they clinched a record fourth World Cup two years ago in Abu Dhabi. But the team who retained this championship in November may not be that lucky.

“The proposal sent to the presidency on what should be given by government as reward to the Eaglets following their victory in Chile has been rejected. Government said it does not reflect the current economic realities,” a source simply informed.

It was earlier reported that the team would be feted by President Buhari on November 29 at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, but that did not come to pass.