Courtney Dike has declined the $7000 that was accredited to her by the Nigeria Football Federation for her input at 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup held in Canada saying the honour of playing for the country was a sufficient reward for her.
Dike represented the country at the competition where she scored the fastest goal in the tournament’s history. The 19-year-old is the younger sister of Super Eagles forward Bright Dike.
Sanusi Mohammed, NFF Head of Competition told Sports Radio, that the teenage soccer sensation rejected the outstanding allowances accrued to her for representing the country at the ten-day tournament.
Sanusi told a sport local FM, that when her mother was called to verify the delivery of the allowances, she declined it and insisted that the opportunity of playing for Nigeria was all the reward the family needed.
Dilichukwu Onyedinma the head of Nigeria Women League board said the player deserves a national award for her patriotic act admitting that what Dike did was worth emulating by other players in the country.
Dilichukwu told Football live, “She is a star and patriotic Nigerian who put service to her fatherland above money. The minister is aware and we will push the act before the NFF so it can inspire many others.”