Nigeria’s senior national team players are set to receive $1m (over 164 million Naira) from Africa’s wealthiest businessman Aliko Dangote as payment for his pledge to the 2013 African Nations Cup-winning squad.
The pledge, which according to Dangote was made “through the presidency [during a state dinner last February]” had been delayed while the businessman waited to be approached for remittance.
But a public appeal by Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, has prompted the group president and chief executive officer of the Dangote Group to reveal he was always willing to fulfill his promise.
He told BBC Sport: “We’ve been waiting for Nigerian officials to collect the money but nobody has written to us.
“We will write to them, asking for the account numbers of the players, then we’ll make the transfer immediately.”
Earlier this month he became the first African to be listed in the top 25 of Forbes magazine’s annual ranking of global billionaires, with a net worth of $25bn.
It was just a reminder to patriots who are very busy and may not have been prompted after they made their pledges. The players are determined to bring more honours to fatherland at the forthcoming World Cup… Vincent Enyeama’s public appeal to Dangote and co.
His wealth has been accumulated from a business empire that he founded in 1977 and now includes the number one sugar production company in Nigeria, a cement factory and textile products.
Just last week, the Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, redeemed his pledge of a plot of land to each players and officials of the Afcon 2013 squad.
The president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Aminu Maigari, handed the documents to the players at their W.Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, after the friendly tie with Mexico.
Meanwhile, Nigerian economist and banker, Tony Elumelu, is yet to redeem his pledge of $500,000 to the team for clinching a third Afcon title for Africa’s most populous nation.