A Japanese surgeon, Katsuya Takasu, fulfiled his promise to reward the team for their bravery in Rio after they beat Honduras 3-2 for the bronze medal by issuing two cheques $200,000 and $190,000 in the names of Samson Siasia and Mikel Obi respectively.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Sports Ministry were reported to have insisted that the money must be from a credible sources, but according to feelers from the camp of the Olympics Eagles, the NFF were only seeking for means of getting their hands on the money.
The team held a meeting where it was resolved that both players and officials will receive equal amount with Mikel himself agreeing to give part of his own share to coach Siasia.
It was also gathered that the sharing formula agreed was a flat rate for the 22 players (18 accredited players and four alternate players) and 10 officials.
The NFF however, denied seeking means to divert the money into the federation’s account.
Dr. Katsuya Takasu had on Saturday night donated $390,000 to Nigeria’s dream team VI after they defeated Honduras 3-2 in the losers’ final. The Japanese surgeon said he became a fan of the Nigerian side after they arrived five hours to the game against his home country, Japan, and still beat them five goals to four.
Dr. Katsuya Takasu is a plastic surgeon based in Tokyo, Japan and a member of Japan Medical Association, Japan Society of Aesthetic Surgery, Japanese Association of Cosmetic Surgeons, Japan Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
The 71-year-old doctor is a renown philanthropist, sports enthusiast, and golfer with a Guinness World Record.