NFF confirm BIG AFCON qualification bonus for Super Eagles

NFF confirm BIG AFCON qualification bonus for Super Eagles
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The Super Eagles are a few hours away from their quarter-final clash with the Palancas Negras of Angola, with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) moving quickly to ensure the players have no issues.

The Super Eagles have suffered several issues ranging from injuries to several players to their mental health.

The Super Eagles have continued to grow in the tournament, but a few days ago, news broke out about the financial status of the players with fingers pointed at the NFF.

According to the reports, the NFF still owed the players their match allowances and bonuses.

However, it seems everything concerning the player's bonuses is settled.

Super Eagles receive their outstanding emoluments from NFF

Super Eagles players receive match allowances and bonus
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Following the news that broke a couple of days ago over the unpaid allowances and bonuses of the Super Eagles, the NFF had consistently debunked the news, claiming everything was fine.

It turned out that the news was true, with the NFF passing the buck to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The latest reports from the Super Eagles camp suggest that the NFF have finally fulfilled their obligations to the team by paying the players $30,000 being their allowances and match bonus for the group stage and the Round of 16 tie.

The players also received $4,000 as daily allowance for 20 days.

The NFF has been entangled in player-bonus rows in the past and lost the federation several credibility and integrity points.

The federation must continue to fulfil its obligations to the team to further win back the confidence of the players and the fans.

The payment is a massive boost for the players and an incentive to motivate them for their tie against Angola on Friday.

It has been a habit of the NFF to be entangled in some controversy to the detriment of the team morale.

In 2019, Mikel Obi had to intervene in a bonus row between the Super Eagles and NFF.

The players had threatened to boycott training after the Federation failed to pay their outstanding bonuses following their 1-0 win over Burundi in their first AFCON Group B fixture.

Super Eagles play a heavily motivated Angola

Super Eagles players get alert
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The NFF claimed the finds for the Super Eagles were trapped inside the CBN but later retracted the statement, claiming there were no issues and the players would receive their bonuses.

The Super Eagles need no distraction at this period as they are in good stead to win AFCON 2023.

The Angolan side has no financial issues and has received several promises of monetary incentives from different corporations to beat Nigeria.

Some promises to the Palancas Negras include $250,000, amongst other monetary incentives.

The news of the paid bonuses to the Super Eagles comes at the heels of the Sunday Oliseh story that broke on Thursday of how he stopped the pay gap and disparity among the Super Eagles players in 2002.

Nigeria have never had it easy when they clash with Angola and will need every focus to ensure they qualify for the Semi-final.

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 weeks ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter.