10 Years After Nigeria Billionaires, Dangote And Elumelu Yet To Redeem $1.5 Million AFCON Pledge

Nigeria billionaire business moguls, Aliko Dangote and Tony Elemelu, are yet to fulfill their pledge to the Super Eagles of Nigeria ten years after the AFCON in South Africa.

Nigeria won the 29th edition of the CAF African Cup Of Nations tournament held in South Africa.

Prior to the final of the tournament, Africa’s wealthiest man Aliko Dangote, promised the national players and coaches some money. He promised a whooping sum of one million dollars if they win the tournament.

Fellow philanthropic economist, Tony Elumelu, also promised to give the team some money. He promised the team sum of five hundred thousand dollars if they win the title.

It’s been ten years after the tournament. And the team is yet to get any penny according to a recent revelation.

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BBC Journalist, Oluwashina Okeleji in a recent post on his Twitter handle titled ‘A Decade Of Empty Promises’. He revealed no money has been paid to the AFCON winning boys.

“#Africa’s richest man, @AlikoDangote, has not fulfilled his $1m promise to the Nigerian team for winning the AFCON in 2013,” the tweet read.

“Another man yet to redeem his pledge to the Super Eagles at the same gathering is @TonyOElumelu, who promised the team $500,000.”

Meanwhile, in an interview granted to BBC Sports, Dangote claimed no Super Eagles official came to redeem the pledge.

The richest Blackman assured he will write to the organizers for them to come forward and claim what was promised.

Why Dangote Delayed Super Eagles Promise Fulfillment:

“We have been waiting for Nigerian officials to collect the money but nobody has written to us,” Dangote said.

“We will write to them, asking for the account numbers of the players, then we will make the transfer immediately.”

Also, the Chairman of Heirs Elumelu confirmed to THIS DAY, that no official from the organizers approached him for the pledge he made. He said he cannot make a promise he won’t keep.

“I am a champion of excellence and of youth initiatives, and I don’t make promises I don’t intend to keep. My promise to donate $500,000 to the players and coaches of the Super Eagles still stands,” he said.

“Many of us have waited expectantly for the organisers to approach us directly. And to redeem what has been promised to the team,” he added.

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