Twenty-two years after he led Nigerian U-23 national team to clinch its first gold medal in Olympic soccer game at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic, Bonfrere Jo has been handed keys of a three-bedroom apartment to a former Super Eagles coach, Bonfrere Jo.
The keys to the apartment were handed over to him by Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing.
Fashola said during a brief handing over ceremony in Abuja, that the reward would inspire the Eagles at the 2018 World Cup competition in Russia.
“Let me on behalf of the President apologise to you that it has taken so long for the Nigerian government to come through. We thank you for your contribution to the development of our country, our youth, football and to say that it is better late than never. Nigeria always come through, we have come through for you.
“It is proper that with just few days to another World Cup, Nigeria fulfils and redeems this pledge and I hope that this will serve as an inspiration to our players going to the World Cup and the officials that this government will be there for you all the way.
“Ordinarily, this ought to be a short meeting but if it take 24 years for the government of the country to respond to its citizens, it must assume a news making event.
“This is consistent with the commitment that the President has made that once again, he will make Nigerians proud of their country.
“This country should always be there to respond to the needs and expectations of the citizens.” He said
Bonfrere Jo thanked the Federal Government and stated that the gesture would encourage sportsmen and women to work hard, knowing that their achievements would not go unrecognised.