FIFA To Pay Nigeria N4.5 Billion For Qualifying For Russia World Cup 2018


Coach Gernot Rohr has warned against another
pay strike at the World Cup if the country
hoped to improve on their previous outings at
the global tournament.

Nigerian national football team German head
coach, Gernot Rohr celebrates after the FIFA
World Cup 2018 qualifying football match
between Nigeria and Zambia in Uyo, Akwa
Ibom State, on October 7, 2017.

FIFA At the 2014 World Cup, the Super Eagles
skipped a training to protest the non-payment
of bonus for qualifying for the tournament
forcing the country’s sports minister to fly out
by private jet to pay them almost $4 million
cash in Brazil. Rohr said he believes the three-
time African champions can improve on their
best World Cup performance of a Round of 16
by better and early preparation as well as
ensuring money issues are sorted out well in
advance.

Nigeria will be paid a total of $12.5 million by
FIFA for qualifying for Russia 2018 with $2.5
million of this amount paid for the Eagles to
prepare adequately for the football showpiece.
They will earn more cash should they reach the
knockout rounds of the tournament as they
have done in 1994 and 2014.

Nigeria have so far used a total of 37 players
for the qualifying tournament for Russia 2018
and they are all entitled to a share of a
qualification bonus. Rohr, a 64-year-old
Franco-German coach, said he believes that
with a fully prepared and united team both on
and off the pitch, Nigeria can expect their best
performance at next year’s tournament.
“If we want to do something at the World Cup,
we have to prepare well,” he said. “We want
everybody who wants to be part of the team to
show the same solidarity we currently have in
the team. “More importantly, we don’t want
the issue of money to be a problem.

“The issue of bonuses and allowances, which
are the usual African problem we see during
the World Cup, must be avoided. “Such issues
will be bad for our preparation. “I have told
my officials and the federation president that
all (such issues) be cleared before the start of
the competition.”  


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