Abuja - It wasn't a funny sight at the camp of the Super Eagles on Tuesday
evening following their 2-0 win over Swaziland in a 2018 FIFA World Cup
qualifier, as the players couldn't get their appearance fee.
News24 has gathered that the players, who were used to collecting
their appearance fees in cash immediately after games, were left disappointed
as the Nigeria Football Federation insisted on paying the money into their
A few of the players were seen grumbling after they were informed
of the new development, which means they will have to wait for some time before
receiving their appearance fees, a development which a NFF official described
as a 'cashless policy'.
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This will be the first time the 'cashless policy' will be
implemented since it was recommended in 2013 by former sports minister, Bolaji
One of the players who spoke to News24 on the condition of
anonymity, couldn't hide his displeasure with the new process: "This is
very disappointing because we already planned what to do with the money. They
should have at least told us before now," the player said.
The Super Eagles earn $5, 000 for a win, while collecting half the
sum for a drawn game.
Meanwhile, the players also couldn't receive the $40, 000 they
were due from the Rivers State Government for the two goals they scored against
the Sihlangu Semnikati. Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State had promised the
team $20, 000 for each goal scored, but News24 also understands the money will
be wired to their accounts.