Super Eagles players will pocket $2.8M (about N1.8bn) as share of the money for World Cup qualification, according to President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick.
Pinnick said the players had in November in their friendly against Argentina, agreed on how the money will be shared.
He told Channels Sports that, “Before the game against Argentina in Krasnodar last November, we called the coach and some senior players like the captain Obi Mikel and Ahmed Musa into a room.
“We told them that the total money we’re expecting from FIFA for qualifying for the World Cup is $8 million and asked their opinion about how it should be shared. We gave them permission to go and consult with their colleagues and come back with their position if not that day then the following day.
“We did this because we didn’t want a situation where there’s rancour and acrimony over bonuses like we’d seen in the past. They left and came back later to demand for 30% of the money which translated to roughly $2.8m.
“We drafted an agreement, sent it to our lawyers to look at and each party signed. As I speak, we are at the point of raising the $2.8m which we’ll hand over to them as soon as they come to camp.”
He assured that the football house has done everything possible to make the players comfortable before, during and after the competition.