One of the members of Nigeria’s Dream Team that won gold medal at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics, Patrick Pascal has been gifted with the keys to the apartment promised him 25 years ago.
Pascal who is currently the team Coordinator of the Super Eagles received the keys from the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu during the AFCON qualifiers match between Nigeria and Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Tuesday.
The Governor surprised Pascal who was one of the three home-based players of the Atlanta 1996 football gold medalist team by giving him a new three-bedroom apartment in the 360 units Prince Abiodun Ogunleye Housing Estate in Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Lagos.
Remember that the then Head of State, Late General Sani Abacha, gave the Olympic gold medalist team N1m and bestowed the team with Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) honour.
The Lagos State government as at that time was led by Colonel Olagunsoye Oyinola, he also vowed to do something reasonable for the team, a pledge which was fulfilled on Tuesday.
While accepting the keys to his beautiful home, an excited Pascal thanked the governor and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, noting that the kind deeds would go a long way to encourage sportsmen and women to give their best to the nation with the knowledge that their contributions will not go unrewarded.
“I want to thank the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for fulfilling the promise made by the government then in 1996. Indeed, this kind gesture would inspire young Nigerians that their labour for the country will not go in vain.”