The Nigeria Football Federation has signed a contract with the Super Eagles players detailing how much they will earn in bonuses at the FIFA World Cup in Russia next year. The deal was signed in Krasnodar, Russia on Tuesday morning before Nigeria later beat Argentina 4-2 in an international friendly in the same city. The agreement is expected to militate against bonus agitations which have characterized African teams’ at the world cup.
Nigerian players missed a training session at the 2014 world cup over bonus row with the NFF while Ghana’s participation at the same tournament was disrupted over bonus payments. Speaking after the deal was signed, NFF 2nd Vice President and Chairman of the Strategic Committee, Shehu Dikko said: “We have done it; we have concluded negotiations and come to agreement with the team as regards bonuses, allowances and share of income from FIFA for the 2018 World Cup.
Every detail has been agreed on match bonus for each match and each round up to the Final as well as share of income from FIFA money for each round until the stage we are able to get to at the finals. “We also agreed on preparation, such as how much players will be paid for the friendly matches, including how and when the monies would be paid.
We even delved into how the NFF would apply the funds due to it from FIFA after paying the players their share.” Pinnick and Sanusi signed for the NFF while Gernot Rohr and Salisu Yusuf signed for the technical crew and Captain Mikel Obi and Ahmed Musa signed for the players and will not be subject to renegotiation. Mikel Obi later told the thenff.com: “We are very happy and excited with this development.
This is the first time since I started playing for the senior team that I would see everything regarding preparation and bonuses and allowances put down in black and white and a binding agreement executed. It is reassuring that we now have a Federation leadership so committed to making everything work that they arranged this meeting and allowed the players to contribute and then set out to sign the agreement.”
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