NFF says players and coaches hold been paid their bonutilizes 2 weeks before the World Cup
– Amaju Pinnick confirms payment of bonuses to players and coaching crew
– The NFF boss said players have collected their allowances for the friendly games
– The Super Eagles will begin their campaign in Russia against Croatia in Kaliningrad
The Super eagles players have been paid their World Cup bonuses over two weeks before their opening fixture against Croatia, according to NFF President Amaju Pinnick and confirmed by players.
Last year November, the Nigerian football governing body signed an agreement with the players on a pay structure for bonuses, allowances and a share of the income from participation at the Russia 2018 World Cup.
In the agreement signed, the players were to be paid their qualification bonuses and share of the FIFA income in advance.
In the same agreement, the team are due 30 per cent of the NFF’s appearance fee from FIFA, which amounts to $2.8m.
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FIFA made an advance payment of $2m, and the NFF say they raised the other $800,000 from sponsorship deals.
The move was to prevent incidents of bonus rows which have embarrassed the Super Eagles in the past, which compromised the team’s focus at major tournaments.
At the last World Cup in Brazil, Nigerian players boycotted training ahead of their last 16 game against France to press for payment of their allowances.
Officials of Ghanian football were compelled to fly in over $3m in cash to avoid the embarrassment of the team skipping a World Cup game.
Pinnick revealed to KweséESPN that the NFF were determined to avoid any such incident this time around.
“We said we were going to pay them before they go to the World Cup and that is what we have done,” Pinnick began.
“This is very important to us to fulfil 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 $10,000 per player per game from qualifying through to the World Cup.
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr pockets $15,000 per game, while his assistants get $10,000 per game this also included all players and coaches who participated in the qualifiers.