…Ahmed Musa to pocket N36m Aiteo cash gift
President Muhammadu Buhari has heartily congratulated the Super Eagles on their victory over Iceland in their second match at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup, yesterday.
In a statement by his special adviser media, Femi Adesina, the President expressed particular delight at the confidence, discipline, team-work and indomitable spirit displayed by the young Nigerian players.
President Buhari urged the team not to limit themselves but sustain the current winning momentum by going all out against their last group opponent, Argentina, next week.
Ahmed Musa’s double in the second half sealed a crucial 2-0 win for Nigeria. The victory win puts Nigeria into second place, two points ahead of Iceland and Argentina ahead of the crucial final of the Group D game against Lionel Messi’s Argentina.
The magnificent Leicester forward, comfortably playing in Russia after returning to CSKA Moscow on loan last season, found the net twice in the second half to push Nigeria into second place above Iceland and Argentina, whom Nigeria will play in the final group match with a spot in the knockout stage on the line.
Musa opened the scoring on the 49th minute, controlling Victor Moses’ cross from the right and then finishing on the volley. The 25-year-old doubled his tally for the tournament and in turn Nigeria’s lead with a mazy run through Iceland’s box before a devastating finishes into the top corner.
He threatened to hit a hat-trick, with the striker brimming with confidence, and very nearly did when he smashed a shot against the bar. Iceland came close to reviving their chances, but Gylfi Sigurdsson blazed a penalty over the bar at 2-0 down.
The former Kano Pillars man’s goals made him the first Nigerian to score at two FIFA World Cups after scoring a brace against Argentina in a 3-2 loss at the 2014 World Cup. He is now Nigeria’s World Cup top scorer with four goals in the competition.
The Super Eagles became the first team to not have a single shot in the first half of a World Cup game since South Korea versus Algeria in 2014.
It was a different Super Eagles that emerged for the second half as they pressed Iceland back and were rewarded with Musa’s goals.
Ahmed Musa is expected to pocket $100, 000 (36 million) cash gift from Energy giant, Aiteo as man of the match and scorer of Nigeria’s two goal against Iceland.
Aiteo’s it would be recalled had promised the Super Eagle financial reward of $50, 000 dollars (N18 million) for every goal unanswered by their opponents.
Reacting to the victory, the energy giant, expressed their happiness about Eagles deserved victory and have immediately re-echoed their promise of splashing out the sum of $50,000 to the team for every unreturned goal being scored.
Meanwhile, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has hailed the Super Eagles for their victory over debutant Iceland.
He said with this win, the national team has put smiles once more on the faces of Nigerians after their disappointing outing against Croatia.
“Nigerians were full of expectation of victory and did not give up on you after the initial disappointment and you delivered!
I urge you to now prove why you are called the Super Eagles’ in your next game against Argentina. Do us proud!,” he charged
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has also congratulated the team on its rebound in Russia.
The party congratulated the team in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, yesterday in Abuja.
Ologbondiyan stated that the 2-0 victory over Iceland showcased the triumph of the Nigerian resilient spirit against all odds.