The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed the receipt of $50,000 from billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote.
In his bid to spur the team to reach the final, Dangote pledged to give the said amount for every goal scored by the Super Eagles in the semifinal of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.
However, only one goal was scored, by Odion Ighalo, as Nigeria failed to reach the final following a 2-1 defeat to the Dessert Foxes of Algeria, who would later emerge winners of the competition.
NFF said the pledge was redeemed on Wednesday in Lagos as Olakunle Alake, GMD of Dangote Group, presented the money alongside Anthony Chiejina, Chief Corp. Communication Officer.
Business tycoon Aliko Dangote today in Lagos redeemed his pledge of $50,000 to the @NGSuperEagles for their one against Algeria in AFCON 2019 semi final. Money was presented by Olakunle Alake, GMD of Dangote Group accompanied by Anthony Chiejina, Chief Corp. Comm. Officer. pic.twitter.com/tFY3bPxoHo
— The NFF 🇳🇬 (@thenff) July 31, 2019
The football house also noted that the national men’s team was represented by John Ogu, Team Admin. Enebi Achor and Kit manager Chidi Ngoka.
Recall that Femi Otedola, another Nigerian billionaire businessman, pledged to give the Eagles $25,000 for every goal they score in the Algeria duel.
Otedola has redeemed the pledge, and it was confirmed by the NFF and Super Eagles defender, Kenneth Omeruo.