Nigerians have been reacting to the promise by the Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema to gift players of Super Eagles N20 million if they defeat Cape Verde in their 2022 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, September 7.
Officials and players of the Super Eagles
touched down on the island of Mindelo on Monday morning, after a four-hour flight from Lagos aboard a special jet of Air Peace airlines.
The Super Eagles team is expected to take on the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifier scheduled for the 5,000-capactiy Estádio Municipal Adérito Sena.
Onyema, whose airline recently sealed a partnership agreement with the Nigerian national teams in a video posted on the official Facebook page of Super Eagles, said, “If you win this match, I am going to give the team N20 million on arrival. I’ll bring the cash and hand it over.
“This will serve as a stepping stone in unifying our Nation. Go there and die for the country. You won your first match resoundingly, and we expect that the one happening in Cape Verde in 24 hours time will not be different.
“You’re carrying on your young shoulders the aspirations and the hopes of a Nation. You must help us in restoring hope to this country.
“Nigeria is a great country with so much potentials to achieve. We are yet to get there. We may have our differences but we love ourselves”.
Reacting to the promise, a football lover, Ebiwari Jones, said there is nothing wrong in what the Air Peace boss did but advised that there were better things to do with the money, rather than give to the players.
Jones explained that the players already have a match bonus waiting for them if they win or draw the game and it is not too nice to double it amidst the need of many Nigerians on the streets across the country.
“I don’t have any issue with it but there are more important and better things to do with that money, even in Onyema’s village, local government and state”, he said.
Another football enthusiasts, Pere Clinton said the gesture was out of place as the airline boss has shown enough patriotism by subsidizing the air fare for the team in all their travels and so the money should have been channeled to even the welfare of his staff and those in critical need.
Clinton however lauded him for his inspiring message of peace, love and unity, which he believes will boost the morale and confidence of the players to get the three points at stake.
The Super Eagles had last Friday defeated Liberia 2-0 in Lagos and three points on Tuesday will consolidate Nigeria’s leadership of Group C, confirmed after the victory over Liberia and the draw between Cape Verde and Central African Republic in Douala.
A win will guarantee Nigeria a minimum three points ahead of any other team in the pool, even if Liberia’s Lone Star are victorious against Central African Republic in Monrovia.