AFCON 94: Fashola presents C of O to Ikpeba, Peter Rufai, Eguavoen, others

Babatunde Fashola
Babatunde Fashola

The Nigerian government on Friday presented certificates of occupancy (C of O) of three bedroom houses to each member of the Super Eagles team that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations.

The military government of Gen. Sani Abacha made the promise to the team following its success in Tunisia. The fulfillment of the promise comes 28 years later.

Minister of works and housing Babatunde Fashola handed over the certificates to each team member on Friday in Abuja.

“So we invited you here to come and collect your certificates so that you will have your documents and your keys will be presented to you,” he said.

Fashola noted that the omission of Finidi George will be rectified.

The goalkeeper of the victorious team, Peter Rufai, said he felt demoralised for the number of years it took for the promise to be fulfilled.

“To be honest, it was not easy thinking about it. I thank the President Muhammadu Buhari for taking the bold step in making sure that we get this promise made to us 28 years ago,” he said, thanking also the sports minister Sunday Dare and Mr Fashola.

The players presented with their certificates on Friday include Rufai, Steven Elema, Isaac Semitoje, Sunday Oliseh represented by his brother Albert Oliseh.

Others were Victor Ikpeba, Anthony Okeleke, Uche Okafor represented by his daughter Tochukwu Okafor, and Austine Eguavoen.