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U-17 title winning team of ’85 to be rewarded by the president

President of the country, Muhammadu Buhari, will reward each of the players who won the inaugural FIFA U17 World Cup 31 years ago with money, a figure said to be around two million Naira.

In 1985, Buhari was then a military head of state when Nigeria led by Nduka Ugbade made history by becoming the winners of the first U16 World championship in China.

The Baby Eagles, who will later be nicknamed Golden Eaglets, beat Germany 2-0 in the final to become the first African team to win a FIFA tournament.

Buhari then promised the players scholarships, shares in major companies, among other things.

But several of these promises were never fulfilled.

Buhari, now a democratically elected president, has agreed to make up for these unfilled promises when he receives the history-making team again at the Aso Rock Villa on Thursday, January 21.

Other title winning national outfits in 2015 will also be honoured on the day.

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