The Federal Government yesterday begged former Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles, Mr. Clemens Westerhof for fulfilling a 25-year old pledge too late. This was made known when the Minister of Power, Works, and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) handed over the keys to a three-bedroom apartment in Gwagwalada to the Dutchman.
According to Fashola, the occasion was a further proof that the Buhari administration was “committed to putting right the wrongs of yesterday and redressing all forms of yesterday’s injustice”. Fashola hailed Westerhof for serving his time with Nigeria’s senior team with distinction, while apologizing on behalf of Nigeria that the pledge took 25 years to redeem.
“Mr. Westerhof ended our long -time search for a FIFA World Cup ticket, and afterwards went on to lead the team to Africa Cup of Nations glory. As a nation, we made promises, but there was no follow-up. “I want the NFF to document those members of the squad that have not received their houses in the FCT as promised, and as soon as we receive this, we will respond positively,” he said.
An elated Westerhof, who flew into Nigeria from the Netherlands on Sunday night, said: “I am overjoyed. I want to thank the Nigerian Government for this, and I want to assure you that you will now see more of me in Nigeria. “Nigeria is my second fatherland, and I am proud of what we were able to achieve with the players in those years. “I am thankful. However, I feel sad that some of my players have left us. May their souls rest in peace,” he said.