Buhari Gives Golden Eaglets 1985 Squad 2M Naira Each

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will reward each of the players who won the inaugural FIFA U17 World Cup 31 years ago with a cash gift of a two million Naira, presidency sources have informed AfricanFootball.

In 1985, Buhari was then a military head of state when Nigeria led by Nduka Ugbade made history by becoming the winners of the first U16 World championship in China.

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The Baby Eagles, 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 unfilled promises when he receives the history-making team again at the Aso Rock Villa on Thursday, January 21.

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Other sporting heroes including the Eaglets Class of 2015 who won a fifth U17 World Cup in November as well as the country’s Olympic team will be honoured on the day.

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