By Femi Adefioye, Lagos with agency reports
A Japanese plastic surgeon and billionaire Katsuya Takasu is a big fan of Nigerian players and has travelled to Rio in Brazil to watch the third place match between the Dream Team VI and Honduras.Takasu had earlier announced his desire to give a bonus of $30,000 to each Nigerian player should they win gold at the Rio 2016 men’s Olympic football tournament in Brazil.
The billionaire also promised the team $20,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze after hearing about their financial woes.
“I hope to see them win gold,” he told the BBC. “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.”
And Takasu revealed that this is not the first time he has donated money to a sporting cause.
“I’ve made previous donations to a Japanese hockey team and other notable causes in the past but this right now with Nigeria is incredibly passionate for me.
“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.”