Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, says plans are at an advanced stage to include the family of the late Stephen Keshi, a former Super Eagles captain and coach, and other sports heroes in the ministry’s welfare scheme.
In a statement released over the weekend, the minister remarked that “We have compiled a list of not only ex-players and athletes, we included coaches who served their fatherland. They deserve to be part of what we are doing.
Their families as well as those with one form of ailment or the other.
“Someone like late Stephen Keshi, who won the Nations Cup 2013 in South Africa, we need to visit the family. The man served this country both as player and as a coach. it is four years today late Stephen Keshi passed away, we can’t pretend to forget so soon that he was truly a patriot and as well legend of the round leather game,” the statement read.
Other beneficiaries the ministry intend adding to the list are the families of Shuaibu Amodu, late U-17 coach, Musa Abdullahi, and late Manga Muhammed, who was part of the Japan 1993 U-17 World Cup-winning squad.
Dare also said the ministry will liaise with the NFF and the Athletics Federation of Nigeria to provide monthly stipends for families of late and ailing athletes and ex players.