African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa - Despite losing to the Black Stars of Ghana in the semi-final of the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa Wednesday, Nigeria's Super Eagles have received the US$100,000 which the country's sports authority said they will get if they defeated Ghana.
In addition, the team also received the same amount for beating Morocco in the tension-soaked quarter-final tie.
According to the private Punch newspaper Friday, Sports Minister Bolaji Abdullahi redeemed the pledges Thursday morning, when he met with the players and their officials at their hotel in Bloemfontein.
The paper quoted a source at the meeting as saying the Minister hailed the team's “resilience' and conveyed to it the appreciation of all Nigerians.
Nigeria, which is making its debut at the two-yearly tournament designed for African players in the continent's domestic leagues, is due to take on Zimbabwe on Saturday in the match for third place.
Ghana, which beat Nigeria 4-1 on penalties after a barren regulation and extra time play in the semi, will take on Libya in the final on the same day.
PANA reports that both matches will be played at the 64,100-capacity Cape Town Stadium.
The Democratic Republic of Congo won the inaugural edition of CHAN in 2009 while Tunisia won the second edition in 2011.
Rwanda will host the fourth edition in 2016.