The Managing Director/CEO of Capital Oil, Chief Ifeanyi Ubah has charged the U-23 National Team, Dream Team, to beat their Congolese counterparts in the first leg of their African U-23 Championship qualifying fixture and get a two million naira reward.
Addressing the players and their officials after a 3-2 victory over Amakson Academy in a friendly game in Abuja 3-2, the oil magnate said he is making the cash donation as his little contribution in ensuring that the team is well motivated by Nigerians to make the nation proud come Sunday, July 19 in Port Harcourt.
“You guys should know that you carry the aspiration and dreams of over 170 million Nigerians and as such you must put it at the back of your mind to go all out against the Congolese so that the return leg will be a mere formality. Nigerians will not take any excuse from you.”
Assuring the team of more financial windfall if they scale the Congo hurdle, Chief Ubah, who watched the game, said the boys should realize that if they do well and qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games, their career will become brighter as they will not only get good contracts overseas, they will also graduate to play for the Super Eagles.
Responding, team captain, Azubuike Okechukwu while thanking Chief Ubah for taking time off his busy schedule to come and watch them play, assured him that they will go all out to do Nigerians proud just like they did in their pursuit of an All-Africa Games ticket, adding that they are fully aware of Nigerians from them.
Meanwhile, the Dream Team will on Saturday tackle 36 Lions F.C of Lagos in its last friendly game in Abuja before departing for Port Harcourt on Sunday.
The encounter, which will come up at the mainbowl of the National Stadium, Abuja, will kick off at 4pm.