Airpeace Airlines boss, Allen Onyema gifts N10m to Nigeria’s Super Eagles at the ongoing African Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament.
The largesse is for winning the opening match that bookmakers heavily bet on the team to lose, he said.
He promised the team an additional N50milion if they bring the trophy back to Nigeria for the fourth time.
Onyema was among the VIPs that watched the Eagles’ opening game in Garoua, Cameroon yesterday.
He made the promise of N50million when he greeted the boys in their dressing room at halftime.
Onyema told the boys that they “carry the hopes and aspirations of over 200million people and 350 ethnicities” on their young shoulders.
He therefore urged them to play their hearts out in order to prevail as champions of the tournament.
Eagles defeat Egypt
Super Eagles flew past Egypt in their opening game with a superb left footer strike by Kelechi Iheanacho that left the Pharaohs reeling.
Kelechi’s goal came on the dot of 30 minutes and was initiated from Simon’s deft left flank cross.
Aribo headed backwards to Iheanacho who dribbled an onrushing defender to fire a supersonic shot into the Egyptian net.
The team, managed by Coach Austin Eguavoen, put up a scintillating performance that kept the ball in their opponents half throughout the first half of play.
Sudan is next target
The Eagles will again file out for a second game on Saturday, 15 January, to try Team Sudan for size.
Another outright win will automatically catapult them to the second, knockout stage of the tournament.
The Eagles are playing in Group D of the tournament with Egypt, Guinea Bissau and Sudan.
Sudan and Guinea Bissau played a goalless draw when they met the same day.
Nigeria is three-time champions, bringing the Afcon trophy home in the Nigeria 1980, Tunisia 1994, and South Africa 2013 tournaments.
Airpeace gifts N10m to Eagles for Egypt win