Delta state government has splashed mouth watering monetary rewards on the victorious Super Eagles for their gallant achievement at the just concluded African National Cup in South Africa.
His Excellency Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan who announced the rewards at a Civil Reception he held yesterday in honour of the team at Asaba. He opined that the gesture was in recognition of the success the team recorded especially in bringing joy to Nigerians.
To a thunderous applause, Governor Uduaghan said ‘’Each player in the team will get 2.5million naira, present and past Warri Wolves players in the team an additional 2.5million naira each, players of Delta State origin additional 2.5million naira each, coaching crew 4million naira each, Chief Coach Stephen Keshi 8million naira, a plot of land and an ultra modern duplex, Supporters Club 3million naira and Warri Wolves football club 5million naira’’.
While commending the humility, resilience and spiritual bent of the chief coach, Dr Uduaghan said ‘’The Asaba Township Stadium is hereby named Stephen Keshi Stadium. We are making efforts to put finishing touches to the stadium and I want to guarantee that the stadium will be ready in 6 months’’. He described the victory as a significant spiritual re-awakening in the life of the nation and the beginning of positive things in the nation’s football history.
The governor explained that the state investments in sports were yielding positive dividends as the state produced a high number of players in the team as well as the award winning chief coach.
Governor Uduaghan lauded the Illah Community for producing great football talents like Stephen Keshi, Mr Ofuokwo, Chief John Oganwu and Chief John Ojudoh and promised to establish a football academy to harness the talents and skills of youths in Illah.
The governor advised the youths in the state to key into the state government’s Human Capital Development Agenda and the various youth empowerment programmes as the state government was poised to positively channel their skills into useful ventures and to reward achievers in all fields.