Nigeria Olympic football team receive ‘$390,000 helping hand’ from a Japanese promoter in Brazil after the West African nation won bronze on Saturday.
Japanese plastic specialist Katsuya Takasu had guaranteed to remunerate the Nigeria Olympic football team in the wake of catching wind of their budgetary troubles before and amid the competition.
Takasu satisfied his guarantee by introducing checks of $200,000 and $190,000 to mentor Samson Siasia and skipper John Mikel Obi separately for the team.
He met with them two hours after Nigeria crushed Honduras 3-2 in the bronze award play-off.
“The $200,000 covers the rewards and stipends as guaranteed and the $190,000 is for the bronze award,” Takasu told BBC Sport.
“I had headed out from Tokyo arranged to reward them in any case, and to watch them win the bronze inside the stadium was exceptionally satisfying,” he included.
Before touching base in Rio, Nigeria Olympic football team were held up in Atlanta, USA, in light of an issue with the payment for their flight, and they just arrived in Brazil hours before their opening 5-4 win over Japan.
Nigeria additionally had some issues developed prior to their quarter-match against Denmark after the players boycotted an instructional course in an argument about pay.
“This group indicated flexibility and battled the hardest to make progress, in spite of every one of their issues – a few people would have surrendered yet they didn’t,” said Takasu.
“In all that we should dependably give individuals a chance to comprehend that they are acknowledged and in football as well as for the most part in life”. Katsuya Takasu watched Nigeria secure bronze with a 3-2 win over Honduras.
Nigeria Olympic football team Coach, Samson Siasia, who turns into the most beautified African football coach at the Olympics having won a silver award in Beijing in 2008, expressed gratitude toward Takasu for his liberality and backing.
Siasia said “We can’t thank specialist Takasu enough since what he has done is stunning and extraordinary, we didn’t see this coming when we set out for the Olympics”.
“It’s not just about the cash. You can’t liken his motion in figures or words, to locate a major supporter far away in Japan venture out down here to cheer and back us is staggering.
“I can just say a major thank you in the interest of my team and nation, we ask God to keep on blessing him liberally,” Siasia included.
Nigeria Olympic football team, the 1996 Olympic football champions, are currently the best African nation in Olympic men’s football, and the main African nation to finish an Olympic award clear having won a fragment decoration in Beijing in 2008.
Takasu’s quick budgetary prize is in sharp differentiation to the unfulfilled guarantees back home.
A few individuals from Nigeria’s Super Eagles – drove by Stephen Keshi, who passed away in June – are as yet sitting tight for the houses they were guaranteed by the legislature for winning the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia.
Keshi is the fifth individual from the alleged ‘Brilliant Generation’ of Nigerian footballers from 1994 to pass away, after Uche Okafor, Thompson Oliha, Rashidi Yekini and Wilfred Agbonavbare.
Africa’s wealthiest businessperson, Aliko Dangote, has neglected to satisfy his guarantee to reward Nigeria’s group with $1m for winning the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Nigerian business analyst and investor Tony Elumelu’s guarantee of $500,000 for the Super Eagles’ Nations Cup accomplishment in South Africa remains outstanding.
The nation’s squad individuals who won the principal Fifa Under-16 World title in 1985 were just compensated following a 30-year hold up.
Be that as it may, the prizes came past the point of no return for Kingsley Aikhionbare, who passed on in London in 1996. At the presentation to the players, a moment’s hush was held in his honour.