Players of Nigeria’s 1994 Africa Cup of Nations winning team in Tunisia have shared their excitement after President Muhammadu Buhari offered them three-bedroom flats 27 years after their triumph. The information was given by Garba Shehu, who said, « President Buhari is allocating houses to the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations winning Super Eagles team.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has allocated houses to the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations winning Super Eagles in Tunisia. « President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the allocation of three-bedroom houses to the Super Eagles team that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunis, Tunisia, making a genuine pledge by the Federal Government, » said Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the Head of State on Media. « Following a note from the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, the President approved the allocations in their preferred states, noting that six players and three technical teams have already received their houses, » he added.
According to him, six former national team players and three technical staff had already taken possession of their houses. The approval of the allocation of the houses was also confirmed by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari himself on Facebook. « I am pleased to announce that I have approved the allocation of 3 bedroom houses to the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations (Tunisia 94) winning Super Eagles team! Another historic promise fulfilled by our administration. These heroes have made our nation proud, and the least we can do is to honour the promise the Federal Government made to them. The houses will be allocated to them in their home states, » he said.
Reacting to the news, the former Eagles stars said they were excited about the events. « I am very grateful and my family is grateful for this gesture. I would prefer accommodation in Lagos, » former Eagles midfielder, Sunday Oliseh said. Emmanuel Amuneke, who scored twice and won the 2-1 final against Zambia, thanked Buhari for remembering the retired players. « I thank the President for finally honouring this commitment, 27 years later. It shows that our work has not been in vain. It will rekindle the hope and confidence of the young players who will succeed us, » he said.
It should be recalled that over the years, some players of the Super Eagles who won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia have passed away. These four are: Stephen Keshi, Thompson Oliha, Uche Okafor, Wilfred Agbonavbare. The 1994 generation, which also reached the last 16 of the US World Cup in the same year, is considered the greatest in Nigeria’s football history. Some of them even took part in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta (USA), beating Argentina (3-2) in the final, after beating Brazil in the semi-finals (4-3, after extra time).