Japanese Surgeon Katsuya Takasu Gives Dream Team IV 390k Dollars – Japanese plastic surgeon Katsuya Takasu has given the Dream Team IV a sum of $390,000.
This comes after Nigeria beat Honduras 3-2 in the bronze medal match at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
He told BBC Sport previously: “I am deeply determined to motivate this indomitable and strong Nigerian team. I don’t want to distract them but to push them further to their target – the gold in Brazil.
“I hope to see them win gold. They’ve sacrificed a lot to get to Brazil and reach the semi-finals. Humans with such a strong spirit should be encouraged to perform beyond their own imagination.”
Following the team’s win against Honduras, Takasu arrived at the team’s camp and presented a check of $200,000 to coach Samson Siasia and $190,ooo to captain John Obi Mikel.
NFF president Amaju Pinnick denied reports that the body had tried to divert the funds, claiming they had been originally skeptical to receive the money.
Pinnick said in a statement: “I had exchanged correspondence with the Honourable Minister on the issue of the donation and we agreed that there was need for caution. The Minister said to me that he read the donation in the papers and had expressed serious concern. I also received a mail from the NFF Integrity Officer who expressed very serious concern with this kind of donation.”
“I got in touch with the Ambassador of Nigeria to Brazil and the Honourable Minister to say that whatever had to be done should be done after the Bronze Medal Match, to avoid any distractions. The NFF may be having financial challenges, but I assure you nobody in the Federation is interested in that money.”
See Takasu with the Dream Team IV below!