This class of Super Eagles have been so lucky. The manner dollars are pouring on the team from state governors to captains of industry including of course, two of the biggest moneybags in our land, Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola is unprecedented.
Ask any Super Eagles player or even ex-international what motivates them most before a game, you will hear DOLLAR, DOLLAR and more DOLLAR. Interestingly, the boys are having fun in Egypt as dollars are being showered on them to propel them to winning a fourth AFCON title for Nigeria.
If dollars is the only language the boys understand then, Nigerians should be ready to celebrate. The duo of Dangote and Otedola have jointly promised the team a whopping $75k dollars per goal. This is to pump up the adrenalin of the boys to put them in war mood against Algeria. What a boost this is. There is no better way to charge Super Eagles than this. And certainly they will be turbocharged and smoky when they file out on Sunday.
Dangote and Otedola know the impact of sports especially football on the Nigerian society and citizens. It has often been said that sports but particularly football is a bonding factor that keeps the unity of the country and her people intact. Sadly, government after government none has capitalized on this advantage to build a better Nigeria for all. Rather, the leaders have played politics with sports and thrown away the great opportunity it brings on nation building.
Dangote and Otedola know that Nigerians are sad and angry given the level of hunger in the land plus mindless killings everyday and everywhere…in addition to the massive looting and carefree attitude of politicians. To ensure Nigerians still believe in the country and trust their leaders, they probably want to do anything financially possible for Eagles to bring smiles on the faces of Nigerians thereby acting as catalysts of this bond and trust…..by winning this AFCON tournament.
With these billionaires stepping forward to “help” government through their passion for football by motivating Super Eagles, surely, the boys will go all out for the kill. It will be war unlimited for 90 minutes as they hope to defeat Algeria and share their booty from Dangote and Otedola among others….
Already each member of the squad has $47, 500 in his account with a possible $27, 500 coming should they win the trophy. This is excluding the $75, 000 per goal pledged by Dangote and Otedola starting from the semi-final tie with Algeria.
Swim on in dollars guys….It is the Lord’s doing….and it will continue to be marvellous in our eyes.
Best wishes Super Eagles?
By Desmond Ekwueme