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Makinde, NFF, Musa motivate Olympic Eagles with ‘dollar rain’ for Tanzania clash

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, the Nigeria Football Federation and Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa have given out cash to the Olympic Eagles and promised more if they beat Tanzania in tomorrow’s U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Ibadan.

The Nigerian team host their Tanzanian counterparts at the Lekan Salami Stadium in the second leg of the qualifying tie.

A win would send the Olympic Eagles through to the next round of the qualifiers after the first leg in Dar es Salaam last Saturday ended 1-1.

Governor Makinde, who hosted the team to a dinner at the Government House in Ibadan tonight, gifted N10 million to the players and officials, and pledged a further $25,000 should the team earn victory tomorrow that will take them into the final round of the qualifiers, where they will face the winners of the fixture between Uganda and Guinea.

Before Makinde, the Chairman of the NFF Task Force on Youth Competitions, Alhaji Aminu Balele Kurfi, had presented the team, through head coach Salisu Yusuf, the of $10,000, being half of the amount he promised them for a win ahead of the first leg against Tanzania in Dar es Salaam.

Balele also pledged $20,000 for the team should they defeat Tanzania in Ibadan tomorrow, prompting Governor Makinde to also make a pledge of $25,000.

“I am coming to the stadium with the cash; so it is not a go-and-come-back promise. I will give you the money once you achieve victory,” Makinde said as players and officials, and members of the Oyo State Executive Council, board members and management of the NFF, and NFF congressmen cheered.

Earlier today, Musa had promised the Olympic Eagles N500,000 for every goal in tomorrow’s clash at the Lekan Salami Stadium.

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