VENTURES AFRICA – Africa’s fifth-richest man Dr. Mike Adenuga Jnr. yesterday rewarded the Nigerian national football team, Super Eagles, with $1 million for winning Africa’s biggest football tournament AFCON 2013.
According to a local newspaper The Nation, the Nigerian billionaire businessman announced the donation shortly after the team’s 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso’s Stallions.
Adenuga gave the team’s coach Stephen Keshi, $200,000 cash. He also said that he would take over the payment of Keshi’s 5 million naira ($32,000) salary from March.
Africa’s richest man Alhaji Aliko Dangote earlier gave Super Eagles 130 million naira ($827,000), and promised more donations should the team win the African tournament.
The Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, will also host the team on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, where it is expected the government would reward the team members.
Globacom (GLO) Chairman Mike Adenuga, has been an avid supporter of Nigerian football over the years. His telecom company revived Nigeria’s professional football league after signing several multimillion dollar deals to be the official sponsor of the league almost a decade back.
In 2012, GLO reiterated its commitment to Nigeria Premier League (NPL) with a $2.3 million signing.