Former Super Eagles Technical Assistant, Johannes-Franciscus Bonfrère (Bonfrere Jo), yesterday, received a three-bedroom apartment from the Federal Government.
This was even as he said his commitment to the Nigerian football team was one done with a lot of pleasure, dedication and sacrifice.
The three-bedroom apartment delivered to the Dutch football coach, was a pledge made to him 24 years ago by the late General Sani Abacha administration.
Receiving the apartment in Abuja, Jo expressed gratitude over the fulfillment of the pledge.
He commended the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, for the effort put into securing the property.
Speaking with journalists at the site of the building situated along the Kuje Road, in Gwagwalada Area Council, Abuja, the Dutch coach said the gesture was a big surprise.
The ex-Super Eagles Technical Assistant, while responding to remarks by Fashola at the Minister’s Conference room in Mabuchi, Abuja, said “to fulfill your promise from the federal government after so many years, I know it was not easy, only you, minister, has done it in a good way.”
He also commended Fashola for doing a great job in the Ministry, adding that his performance exceeded expectations.
Asked if he would be moving into the apartment, Jo said he was in Nigeria for two days, adding that he would think and decide on what to do with the house.
Jo said: “We will see in the future because I am just here for two days. As the Minister has given me this house, I have no plan at this moment, but I have to think about it. It is a surprise for me. It is a big surprise.”
In his remarks, Fashola said the promise was made over 24 years ago.
Fashola added that ex-Nigerian soccer stars, whose pledges dated back to 38 years, had also been fulfilled by the Buhari administration.
Fashola said: “I am sure many of us would know names like Emmanuel Okala, Martins Eyo, Tunde Bamidele, Kadiri Ikhana, John Orlando, Best Ogedengbe, late Muda Lawal and Segun Odegbami.