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Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has fulfilled the promise made to the Super Falcons after the team won the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations for a record-extending nine times.

It will be recalled that the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Alhaji Abba Kyari while receiving the Super Falcons at the Abuja airport on arrival from Accra, announced that two eminent Nigerians had called and offered cash gifts of N50 million and N20 million to the team.

The N50 million cash donation is from Alhaji Aliko Dangote and the other is from Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, the Chairman of BUA Company.

Group Managing Director, Dangote Industries Limited, Olakunle Alake (middle); presenting N50 million gift to the captain of the Super Falcons of Nigeria, Onome Ebi, for the Super Falcons of Nigeria, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Coaching Crew and back-room staff of the NFF.

Both redeemed their pledges at an appreciation night the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick organized to appreciate the sponsors and partners of the football federation in the outgoing year.

The well-attended event held at the Lagos home of the NFF president. The Group Managing Director of Dangote Industries Limited, Olakunle Alake, made Alhaji Dangote’s pledge available.


He announced that the donation was for the Super Falcons, the NFF, and the coaching crew of the team as well as the back-room staff of the team, which is commended for winning the 2018 Women Africa Cup of Nations.

He asked the team to even do better when it features in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France next year.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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