Yesterday, Nigeria recorded her first victory at the ongoing FIFA World Cup Qualifiers with a deserved 2-0 victory over Liberia. After the match EPL stars Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi were given one million naira each I believe it was a wrong gesture.
Iheanacho opened the scoring at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos in the 22nd minute of the game, with a decent shot that beat the Liberia goalkeeper to his near post. Few minutes before halftime, the Leicester City striker made it two off an Iwobi Assist to secure all three points for Nigeria.
After the game, Iheanacho and Iwobi were given one million naira each by two different Nigerian corporate bodies for their impact on the game. While Iheanacho was given the Man of the Match, Alex Iwobi went home with Most Valuable Player.
In my opinion, one million naira is nothing compared to what these guys earn every week in England and so it means little or nothing to them.
Instead of giving them money, why not do like the Europeans who give awards in form of a sculpture, one which will serve as a remembrance even years after.
Or better still, acknowledge them as the MOM and MVP but donate the money to a charity organization or body that will benefit more from it than the already wealthy players.
Yes, they deserve recognition for their contribution to Nigeria's victory but giving them such an amount is a misplaced priority.
What is your take on the matter?
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