Buhari To Reward Athletes January

President Muhammadu Buhari has set machinery in place to reward athletes and footballers who excelled in various sporting endeavours accordingly in the New Year.

The Minister of Youth and  Sports, Solomon Dalung, gave the hint in Abuja on Tuesday.

The Minister said efforts were being made to ensure that all athletes who excelled in various sports disciplines from 1985 when Nigeria won the FIFA U-16 World Cup till date are rewarded. “Reward for excellence is part of this government’s agenda especially for youths in Nigeria. “So we are working hard to clear the backlog of recognition for hard work by Nigerian athletes.

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“We are looking at January so that we start the New Year on a clean slate,” Dalung said. Among those yet to be rewarded are the Golden Eaglets of 1985 who were promised houses for winning the maiden edition of the FIFA U-16 World Cup in China. Others are the Men’s Basketball Team, D’Tigers, who won the 2015 FIBA Africa Basketball Championship in Tunisia, Team Nigeria to the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa, the World Scrabble Champion, the U-23 football team that won the African U-23 Championship in Senegal, the Golden Eaglets that won the FIFA U-17 in Chile.