Triumphant Nigeria footballers return to cash rewards

The lavish rewards immediately stoked criticism among some Nigerians on Twitter who questioned whether they were appropriate in a country that is Africa's biggest oil producer but which struggles to provide basic infrastructure.

updated: February 13, 2013 09:14 IST
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Abuja, Nigeria: Nigeria's Super Eagles arrived home Tuesday after winning the country's first Africa Cup of Nations trophy in nearly two decades and were welcomed by adoring crowds as well as millions of dollars in rewards.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan announced at a reception for the team late on Tuesday that coach Stephen Keshi would receive $64,000 from the government, while the players would receive half of that plus a plot of land in the capital.

Jonathan also listed another $4.2 million pledged by prominent Nigerians for the team and staff.

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