A Japanese plastic surgeon, Katsuya Takasu, has promised to reward each member of the Nigeria U-23 squad at the Rio Olympics $30,000 if they win gold in the men’s soccer event.
He also promised to give the team $20,000 for silver and $12,000 for bronze.
Takasu said he fell in love with the Dream Team for getting to the semi-finals despite the numerous controversy and financial difficulties surrounding their arrival in Brazil.
He further stated that he will still reward the team whether they win or not, as according to him it is an act of bravery to advance to the last four of the competition despite their enormous challenges.
Recall that Samson Siasia and his boys arrived barely six hours before their first game against Japan in Manaus as they were allegedly abandoned by the Nigeria sports ministry.
The Dream Team defeated Japan 5-4, and went on to beat Sweden 1-0 to book their place in the last eight before and exceptional display against Denmark to set a semi-final clash with Germany on Wednesday.
“I read about the financial problems affecting the team and I felt the need to make a big contribution.
“I am not doing this for media attention but to motivate a team with an indomitable spirit. I fell in love with the Nigerian team because despite all these problems they are in the semifinals of the Olympics.
“Whether they win or not, I will still donate something to help alleviate the challenges in paying their bonuses and allowances,” Takasu was quoted by BBC.