Abuja - The Nigeria Football Federation has denied a report
on an African football website that it shortchanged players of the Super Eagles
with regards to payment of their win bonus for the 2018 FIFA World Cup
qualifying match against Algeria in Uyo in November 2016.
Team Administrator Dayo Enebi Achor said the report is not
“That report is a fabrication. The estimate we sent to the
Government was for the sum of N1million for each player for a win. Nobody has
“Sometimes in March this year, the NFF held a meeting with
some technical crew members, team captain and vice-captain, on behalf of the
team, and told them to open bank accounts (in Nigeria) as the Federation was no
longer disposed to paying cash. It was also at that meeting that the NFF told
them they would no longer be paid in dollars for home matches, and that the win
bonus for home match was a flat rate of N1million. The meeting took place at
the team’s hotel in Kaduna and I was present at the meeting.
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“It was based on this that the players were paid the sum of
N500 000 each for the draw against Egypt in Kaduna (2017 Cup of Nations
qualifier, March 2016) and the sum of N1million each for the win against
Tanzania in Uyo (2017 Cup of Nations qualifier, September 2016). Their camp
allowance has also been paid in naira (N50 000 per day) since March 2016.”
Achor also confirmed that for away matches, the players are
entitled to the sum of $5000 at the official rate obtaining at the time of
“The NFF has not shortchanged the players. The match against
Algeria was a home match. Whenever the win bonus for the match against Zambia
in Ndola is being paid, it would be $5000 per player at the official rate that
obtained at the time the match was played.”
that Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr stated that positive attitude,
discipline, dedication, good team spirit and mental strength should get the
credit for the team’s recent fascinating run.
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