Monday, 14 December 2015

Etebo OghenekaroTWO goals hero in Nigeria’s 2-1 win over Algeria in the final of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations, Oghenekaro Etebo has denied that the settlement of their outstanding allowances by the Sports minister spurred them to victory.
Etebo Oghenekaro
The Nigerian squad against all odds, grabbed an Olympic ticket and won the CAF U-23 tournament, This is even as they were not paid a dime in their month long campaign.
After beating Senegal in the semi-final, the boys boycotted training ahead of the final match against Algeria, but for the timely intervention of Sports and Youth Minister, Solomon Dalung, who ordered that they be paid, and he also enticed them with a bonus if they won the final against Algeria.
“I won’t say we left our best for the final because we were paid. We were motivated because everybody wanted to win the trophy despite the fact  we had already qualified for the Olympics. To make it sweeter, we wanted to go for Gold,” Etebo told allnigeriasoccer.com.
“We made mistakes that cost us in the earlier games but we fixed them because we lost concentration in the first two games in the second half and we promised ourselves to fix it right which we did.”
Etebo scored five goals to emerge the tournament’s top scorer and now he is set to move to Europe.
“Well, hopefully I think I am off to Europe which has always been my prayer and I believe it has come to pass. Clubs are already talking with me, “ the Dream Team number 8 concluded.
Dollar rain for African Champions
EACH Nigeria play-er was paid the Naira equivalent of $4,000 after they beat Algeria 2-1 to clinch the 2015 AFCON in Dakar, Senegal, on Saturday night and this brings to a total of $12,000 each player was paid.
“We have been paid our winning bonus for the final,” a player confirmed on Sunday morning.
They would not have got anything had they lost the final. In total, each player received the Naira equivalent of $12,000 for winning the U-23 AFCON. Coach Samson Siasia was paid double this amount.
A further breakdown showed the team were for the final win, $3,000-a-man for the semi-final win over hosts Senegal, $2,000-a-man for the opening-day win over Mali, and $1,000 for the draws with Egypt and Algeria.
They were also paid $100 per day for the 10 days they trained in The Gambia prior to this championship, which amounted to $1,000.

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