The mother of the late Ali Jeje who skippered Nigeria’s first team to a FIFA tournament, Khadija Inuwa Ali has become the latest beneficiary of the largesse being extended to mothers of former national team players and athletes.
Khadija Inuwa Ali was given cash, food items and provision at her Jos, Plateau state residence on Thursday.
The minister, who was represented by former International Sam Pam Adamu Jr. said the gesture to Ali Jeje’s aged mother was to appreciate the immense contributions of her son to the development of Nigerian football.
An elated Hajia Ali said she was surprised that the minister could remember her years after the demise of her son.
She said the minister’s gesture not only lifted her spirit, but also convinced her that her son did not labour in vain.
She expressed delight that the gesture came at the right time during the Holy Month of Ramadan. “May God bless the minister Mr. Sunday Dare and the government for remembering me.
“That means my son did not labour in vain. God will reward the Minister for his kindness,” Hajia Ali concluded.
Ali Jeje captained Nigeria to the then World Youth Championship in Mexico in 1983, after leading the team to win the Africa Youth Championship, known then as the Tesema Cup in the same year.
He died on 12 December 2007 following a brief illness.
He played club football for Mighty Jets of Jos and Abiola Babes of Abeokuta.
Some of his teammates included Yisa Shofoluwe, Dahiru Sadi, Tarila Okorowanta, Dehinde Akinlotan, Tajudeen Disu, Femi and Segun Olukanmi, Garba Manu among others.