Awoniyi Begs Cross River Government To Redeem 2013 House Pledge

In Breaking News, International News, Sports

By Johnny Edward, Punch Newspaper

Taiwo Awoniyi has pleaded with the Cross River State Government to redeem the house pledge made to the team following their heroics at the 2013 U-17 World Cup in Qatar.

Sunday, November 8, marked the seventh anniversary when the coach Manu Garba-led side extended the country’s grip on the cadet trophy with her fourth title.

The Cross River State Government promised the Golden Eaglets team (21-man squad and 10 officials) houses when he hosted the squad at the Government House in Calabar seven years ago after their triumph at the tournament.

“Governor Ben Ayade, please fulfil the house pledged players and officials of the U-17 World Cup-winning team by the Cross River State Government since 2013.

“God bless you as you do,” Awoniyi who scored four goals at the tournament wrote on Instagram.

Garba who led the team in 2013 also said the Government of Cross River had redeemed the pledge made to the Super Eagles in 2013 but failed to fulfil his promise to the U-17 team.

“It is true, absolutely true. We camped in Calabar during our preparation for the tournament and when we won the World Cup, the Governor then hosted the team in Calabar and made the pledge but since then nobody has heard anything from the Cross River Government.

“It’s unbelievable that we are yet to be given these houses after we won the U-17 World Cup and celebrated by everybody.

“In fact, we were most impressed when Senator Imoke said in the presence of the then Minister of Youth and Sports Development Bolaji Abdullahi, former NFF President Aminu Maigari and members of his cabinet, that he preferred house gifts as a lasting legacy than monetary rewards but it’s unfortunate that after all these years, we are still waiting for the houses to be delivered to the players and officials.”

Garba’s assistant and former African Footballer of the Year, Emmanuel Amuneke, also added that it was incumbent on Governor Ayade to fulfill the promises since they were made on behalf of the people and Government of Cross River State, adding posterity will be kind to him if he redeem pledges expressively given to the Golden Eaglets.

“There is no way you want to write the story of the 2013 Golden Eaglets’ World Cup-winning squad without mentioning the people and Government of Cross River State because they were part of the team’s success story.

“We would like to use this opportunity to beg current Governor Ben Ayade to fulfil this promise of house gifts to the players and officials of the team when we are all still alive, the labour of our heroes past as a matter of fact, should not be in vain.”

Since You Are Here, Support Good Journalism

CrossRiverWatch was founded on the ideals of deploying tech tools to report in an ethical manner, news, views and analysis with a narrative that ensures transparency in governance, a good society and an accountable democracy.

Everyone appreciates good journalism but it costs a lot of money. Nonetheless, it cannot be sacrificed on the altar of news commercialisation.

Consider making a modest contribution to support CrossRiverWatch's journalism of credibility and integrity in order to ensure that all have continuous free access to our noble endeavor.


New Feature: Don't miss any of our news again.Get all our articles in your facebook chat box.Click the Facebook Messenger Icon below to subscribe now

Text Advert by CRWatch :Place Yours

Will You To Learn How To Make Millions Of Naira Making Special Creams From Your Kitchen?.Click Here

Expose Your Business And Make More Sales. Advertise On Today

You may also read!

Plastic As Tuition: A School In Lagos Is Reducing Waste, Providing Quality Education All At Once

By Zubaida Baba Ibrahim, HumAngle “The best thing to have ever happened to me” was how Onuka Blessing described


Why I Am Against Zoning In Cross River State BY ISO BASSEY

The political season has come around full swing in Cross River State, and no other subject is dominating the


Calabar Channel: Pirates Fingered As Passenger Boat Gets Missing

By The Parchment A speedboat traveling along the Calabar channel was on Monday diverted by suspected pirates to an


Leave a reply:

Your email address will not be published.

Mobile Sliding Menu

Share this now