Gov. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers, says the Super Eagles will progress in the ongoing AFCON, in spite of drawing its first two matches.
Amaechi told the players that President Goodluck Jonathan had promised that the team would lack nothing to ensure that they excelled at the tournament.
He donated 1000,000 dollars to the team at their camp in Nelspruit on Friday.
“Let me also say that Alhaji Aliko Dangote has asked me to tell the team, that he will donate a huge sum of money to the team, when it gets to the quarter-final.
“He will be here personally to support the team and cheer you to victory,” he said.
Amaechi was in the company of the Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, Mr Sonni Yusuf, Consul General, Mr Okey Emuchay and the NFF President, Aminu Maigari.
Reacting to the governor’s gesture, Maigari commended Amaechi for the support he had been giving to the national team over the years.
Team captain, Joseph Yobo, assured the governor that the team would not allow the initial setback the team had suffered to deter it from its objective.
Guinness Nigeria Plc also made its presence felt by promising to pay 500, 000 dollars for every goal scored by the team.
Maigari announced the promise to the team.
Meanwhile, the Mayor of Mbombela, Mrs Catherine Dlamini, has urged the Eagles to put behind them the result of the two group matches and ginger up for the remaining matches.
Dlamini told the team during a courtesy call on Saturday that she came to boost the team’s spirit, ahead of their last group match against Ethiopia on Tuesday at Rustenburg.
She said she was expecting the team back in Nelspruit for the quarter finals.
Yobo assured the mayor that the team was sure to return to Nelspruit for the quarter-final and thanked her for her support.