*To be hosted at a Grand National Reception by the Presidency
By Duro Ikhazuagbe
Members of the all-conquering Super Eagles who Sunday night ended Nigeria’s 19 years wait for another African Cup of Nations trophy in South Africa are to be hosted by President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday night in Abuja where they are to be presented with several mouth-watering packages for winning the 29th edition of the continental football fiesta.
Sources close to the Presidency disclosed to THISDAY Monday night that Super Eagles players and coaches are to be presented with national honours ranging from MON to OON in addition to been offered cash and land in choice parts of the Federal Capital city, Abuja.
“Members of the victorious Super Eagles and their coaches are to get cash running into millions of naira in addition to national honours ranging from MON to OON. They are to also get plots of land in choice part of Abuja at the Grand National Reception planned for Tuesday night,” revealed the top government source Monday night.
The source stressed that the Presidency was not going to spare anything in giving a befitting reception top the team for bringing the honour to the country.
The reward package been planned for the AFCON 2013 winners is reminiscent of what the Alhaji Shehu Shagari administration did for the class of 1980 led by Christian Chukwu that won the trophy a second time for Nigeria as host of the continental football showpiece. They were given national honours, brand new Peugeot 504 cars and flats in FESTAC Town.
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles’ contingent will depart Johannesburg Tuesday morning and land at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja in the afternoon.
Assistant Director, Media of the Nigeria Football Federation, Ademola Olajire, confirmed Monday that Sports Minister, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, who worked assiduously with the NFF’s top echelon to accomplish the glorious outing, will lead the Nigeria delegation of players, officials, NFF President, NSC management, NFF Executive Committee members and Management, NSC and NFF staff, stakeholders, media representatives and members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, from the O.R. Tambo International Airport.
Officials confirmed Monday that the players and officials will be driven into the Abuja metropolis in a motorcade, straight to the Presidential Villa, where President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, will host the team to a Grand State Reception and reward players and officials.