With barely days before the FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia, the Nigerian Football Federation has paid out one billion Naira (about US$2.8 million) as bonuses to the Super Eagles for qualifying to the world’s biggest soccer event.
After agreeing on the pay structure and the share of the 2018 World Cup participation money from FIFA with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) back in November 2017, the team has received N1b.
During a meeting, it was agreed that the Super Eagles would get 30 per cent of the $8m the NFF were getting from FIFA for Nigeria’s qualification to the World Cup.
The bonuses were paid about two weeks ago to avoid the past incidents of rows and fallouts over unpaid bonuses and allowances.
At the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the Super Eagles boycotted training in protest over unpaid bonuses just before their round-of-16 game against France.
“We said we were going to pay them before they go to the World Cup and that is what we have done,” NFF boss Amaju Pinnick told Pulse.
“This is very important to us to fulfill our part of the agreement we signed with the players, and also provide them with all needed comforts to ensure that there is no distraction as they go to represent our country at the World Cup.“
The payments include N3.6m ($10,000) per player per game from qualifiers.
NFF have received an advance payment of $2m from FIFA and got another $800, 000 from sponsorship with which they settled the Super Eagles’ bonuses for this year’s World Cup./Pulse