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Nigerian Government Redeems 28-year Pledge to Westerhof

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The Nigerian government has handed over the keys to a three-bedroom bungalow to Clemence Westerhof, 28 years after he led the Super Eagles to Africa Cup of Nations glory.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola handed over the keys to the football coach at the prototype housing estate along Gwagwalada-Kuje road in Abuja on Wednesday.

Fashola, represented by the ministry’s Director of the Department of Public Buildings and Housing, Solomon Labafilo, said the government was committed to rewarding citizens who sacrificed to project Nigeria’s good image.

“It will interest you to know that the government’s pledge to the 1994 Super Eagles was not fulfilled until when President Muhammadu Buhari approved that all the members be handed over their houses.

“Westerhof was allocated his in the prototype housing scheme here in Gwagwalada and other beneficiaries were allocated their homes in the respective states of their choice in the National Housing Programme estates across the country.

“We handed over the keys and Certificate of Occupancy today to the former coach of the Nigeria Super Eagles who led the 1994 team, Clemens Westerhof.

“This is to show the government’s resolve to ensure that Nigerians, irrespective of time, who made sacrifices to project the good image of the country are recognized and encouraged to keep working for the corporate benefit of all.

In 1994, the Super Eagles won the Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia by defeating Zambia 2-1 in the final.

The team also qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time and defeated Bulgaria 3-nil, Greece 2-nil, and lost 2-1 to Argentina in the group stage.

The Eagles were sent out of the competition in the second round after a 2-1 loss to Italy.


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