Multi–millionaire business mogul, Chief Kensington Adebutu, on Saturday rewarded the Super Eagles with the sum of N50 million, after the three–time African champions became the first African country to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Adebutu was full of praises for the team for their determination, professionalism and commitment throughout the qualifying campaign, which saw them overhaul the so–called Group of Death with a game to spare.
Speaking with the duo of midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi and match–winner, Alex Iwobi, the successful businessman urged the team not to rest on its oars, but to prepare hard to be worthy ambassadors of Nigeria and Africa at the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia next year summer.
Meanwhile, the team’s Franco-German Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr praised his wards for fighting a great battle to overcome Zambia’s Chipolopolo.
“It was a very difficult game, in fact the most difficult for us in the qualifying series because of what was at stake, because we knew a win would take us there and we were eager to finish it off.
“I commend the Zambians for their spirit. They fought very hard. This team was different from the one we defeated in Ndola last year; this was a much better and stronger team.
“I am very happy for the players and for this great nation, for us to qualify with a match in hand. It is a good feeling and after this, we will begin to plan about how to prepare for the World Cup.
“But we have the final match in Algeria next month, and perhaps we can have a friendly within that window as well and begin the preparation for Russia 2018”, said Rohr.