AFCON: Dangote, Otedola gifts Super Eagles Dollars

AFCON: Dangote, Otedola gifts Super Eagles Dollars

NEWS DIGEST – Africa’s business tycoons, Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola paid a courtesy visit to the Super Eagles Hotel la Rabidou camp in Garoua on Wednesday gifting the team cash gifts following their impressive performance at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele who was also part of the contingent present at the Super Eagles camp addressed the squad during lunchtime along with the president of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick.

Emefiele briefed the players and the technical crew on the objectives of the Coalition Against Covid-19.

The coalition is a private sector-led organization in Nigeria established to assist the government in combating Coronavirus disease in the country.

Emefiele, Dangote, and Herbert Wigwe are the key people behind the coalition.

It would be recalled that Otedola and Dangote also rained dollars on the Super Eagles during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

Austine Eguavoen’s side won all three group games at the 2021 AFCON finals in Cameroon.

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We want to win AFCON – Troost Ekong

Meanwhile, tournament stand-in captain for the Super Eagles, William Troost Ekong has revealed that the team is now focused on winning the top prize after outclassing Guinea-Bissau 2 – 0 in their group D final encounter which gave Nigeria a perfect record in the group phase.

“I want to win the tournament this time, the last tournament in Egypt we managed to win bronze and missed out on the final,” the 28-year-old told the media.

“That was upsetting for most of us. This time around, we want to do better, there is a long way. The only thing we can guarantee is our effort and try to put in some good performances.”

Troost-Ekong marshaled Nigeria’s backline effectively and scored the second goal in the 75th minute – a feat which earned him the man-of-the-match award.

Nevertheless, he attributed his accolade to his teammates as well as the technical crew for trusting the players and getting their tactics right despite parading a starting XI that boasts eight new players.

“I am happy, it’s not all about me, the best thing is that the boys did very well. We made eight changes and still looked fantastic,” he continued.

“That’s massive to the coaching staff for trusting the players and also the boys who stepped in to show themselves.

“I try to contribute to every game and do my best. I am very happy.