African champions, D’Tigress have been rewarded with a six figure cash sums by President Muhammadu Buhari for their victory in this year’s FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Championship.
Each player got ₦1,000,000 while 5 Coaching crew members got ₦500,000 each.
The news of the cash reward was disclosed by Minister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung.
“In Mr President’s usual way of showing appreciation to our sports men and women who made the nation proud, he received the team at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday August 30, 2017 during the Federal Executive meeting.
“History is made today as His Excellency, Mr President has fulfilled his promise to the heroic Afrobasket team by doling out the sum of One million Naira to each of the players and Five hundred thousand to each of the officials totaling Seventeen million, five hundred thousand Naira.”
In his response, NBBF vice President, Babs Ogunade thanked the President for redeeming his promise to reward D’Tigress for their excellence and hard work.
“Over a period of time, administrations have made promises to athletes and failed but with the change mantra, this administration promised to reward the gold winning basketball team and they have fulfilled their promise.
“Like Oliver Twist, we will always ask for more. As you are aware, we qualified for the World Cup in Spain next year and we are gearing up for that as well as the Commonwealth Games.
“We ask for the federal government’s support ahead of all these assignments although, we are also looking outward to get sponsorship so that we don’t put everything on the government.
“We however thank you so much and look forward to seeing that all these come to fruition,” Ogunade said.
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