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Super Eagles fail to collect winning bonus after Swaziland game

18 November 2015, 11:08

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 accounts.

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'.

Also read: Super Eagles beat Swaziland in W/Cup qualifier

This will be the first time the 'cashless policy' will be implemented since it was recommended in 2013 by former sports minister, Bolaji Abdullahi.

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.

- News24


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