Super Eagles stand-in captain, Ahmed Musa, has redeemed his promise to the U-23 side following their astonishing 4-0 win over Libya on Monday evening.
The Dream Team were trailing the Libyans 2-0 from the first leg last week and needed a resounding win to qualify.
To encourage the lads ahead of the daunting task, Musa promised to pay N1million per goal scored.
Former Media Officer of the senior Eagles, Colin Udoh, has confirmed that the former Leicester City winger has sent the money.
“JUST IN. @NGSuperEagles captain @Ahmedmusa718 has fulfilled his promise of a million naira for every goal scored by the U23 Eagles.
“He has sent N4 Million to the team for the 4-0 win over Libya this evening in Asaba #AfconU23Q #Team9jaStrong,” Udoh tweeted.
On Monday, March 25, former Golden Eaglets hotshot, Victor Osimhen, grabbed a hat-trick as Nigeria’s Under-23 male national football team defeated their Libyan counterparts 4-0 in Asaba.
The match, which was played at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, was the second leg of a qualification round for the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Nigerian side had lost 0-2 in the first leg game played on Wednesday in Tunisia, Libya’s home ground for now, and have now advanced to the qualifiers’ next round 4-2 aggregate.
The Nigerian team’s efforts finally paid off in the 33rd minute of play, when Osimhen grabbed his first goal of the game from a rebound after a free-kick hit the upright.
On resumption of the second half, the Nigerian team went on the offensive in their search for more goals, forcing the Libyan defence to commit blunders.
Osimhen again rose to the occasion, as he poked in the second goal of the game in the 64th minute after the Libyan goalkeeper, Aymar Altihar, mistakenly parried a cross onto his path.
He later grabbed his hat-trick in the 75th minute following a goalmouth scrabble, after the Libyan defence failed to clear a Nigeria cross inside the penalty box.
Before the ovation which trailed the goal could die down, Nigeria’s Chidozie Okereke grabbed the fourth goal on the dot of 90 minutes for Nigeria.