President Muhammadu Buhari will reward each of the players who won the inaugural FIFA U-17 World Cup 31 years ago with a cash gift of N2million, presidency sources have informed AfricanFootball.com.
In 1985, Buhari was the military head of state when Nigeria led by Nduka Ugbade made history by becoming the winners of the first U-16 World championship in China.
The Nduka Ugbade led squad,who will later be nicknamed Golden Eaglets, beat Germany 2-0 in the final to become the first African team to win a FIFA tournament.
Buhari then promised the players scholarships, shares in major companies, among other things.But several of these promises were never fulfilled.
Buhari, now a democratically elected president, has agreed to make up for these unfullfilled promises when he receives the history-making team again at the Aso Rock Villa on Thursday.
Other sporting heroes including the Eaglets Class of 2015 who won a fifth U-17 World Cup in November as well as the country’s Olympic team will also be honoured.