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A businessman who prefers to remain anonymous has promised to pay N10million for every goal Eagles score against Argentina tomorrow in their last group game.
The money is meant to motivate the Eagles attack and make them put in their all into their last group game and subsequent games at the 2014 World Cup, if they progress.
When contacted, Emeka Inyama confirmed the offer, adding that it was coming independently of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) usual match bonus of 10,000 dollars. It was gathered that several other Nigerians in Brazil are also offering cash for the Eagles to beat Argentina.
Nigeria started the campaign in Group F with a goalless draw against underdogs Iran, a result that brought about several criticism of the team.
The team in its second match against Bosnia and Hezergovina stepped up its game and was rewarded by a 29th minute goal courtesy of Osaze Odemwingie with an assist from Turkey based Emmanuel Emenike.
The Eagles are expected to put in their all against Argentina who top the group with six points from wins against Bosnia in their first game and a last minute goal against Iran.
Both goals were scored by Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
“That’s football for you, but the main thing is that we won the game and got the needed three points at the end of the day. Everybody is now happy. Don’t forget that Nigeria also had chances to have converted to win convincingly but in life there is element of luck in everything. Dzeko missed chances and their goal was disallowed also but we also created many chances.” He said
Safet Susic, Bosnia and Herzegovina coach reacting to his team’s loss described the encounter as an open game that had two teams desperate to win. “The match unfolded exactly the way I imagined. It was an open game, two teams wishing to win, lots of chances at either end. We had a lot of chances and didn’t convert any. They had one and scored that goal.”
He said he knew Nigeria would be a tough team to crack but at the same time congratulate the Eagles. “I can only congratulate them. We knew they would be tough but they surprised us with their speed, their movement. They played attacking football, they really wanted to win. Now they are in second place in the group with great chances to progress.”