By Abayomi Johnson
Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, has promised the Falconets $10,000 of his personal contribution if they win their last group match against China on Monday.
Dalung disclosed this in a release by his Special Assistant Media, Nneka Ikem Anibeze whilst congratulating the team on their 1-0 victory against Haiti on Thursday.
He said: “I want to congratulate you on your victory today. I bring you greetings from His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari who sent me to come and visit you. I wish to tell you that Nigerians are happy and proud of you and will continue to pray and support you.
“I want to assure you that your winning bonus for this match will be paid today and as a way of further motivating you, I promise to give you $10,000 of my personal contribution if you win your next match against China.
“I know you can do better and I encourage you to keep working hard to make Nigerians proud.”
Captain of the team Famuduti Oluwakemi thanked the Minister for always bringing good luck to the team whenever they are playing.
She said: “I want to thank the Honorable Minister for coming to cheer us to victory today. Whenever he comes to our games, we always win our matches because he motivates us. I want to assure you on behalf of the team that we will work very hard in our next game to qualify and possibly get to the finals”.
House of Representatives member Alhaja Ayo Omidiran, the other Nigerian dignitary in the VIP stands when Falconets pipped Haiti by a lone goal to keep their hopes of advancing to the second round alive after losing their opening game, promised the players N500,000 if they win their next game.
Rasheedat Ajibade scored the lone goal which now leaves the Falconets second in the Group D table with three points from two games.
Germany top the group with maximum points, China are third while Haiti bring up the rear, having lost all two games.