By Fidelis Ebu, Abuja
Nigeria Football Federation has explained why it is going on a dollar spree on the Eagles as they start campaigns in the Africa Cup of Nations that kicks off in Angola this weekend.
Incredible! Each Player of the Eagles would receive a whooping sum of $30,000 (about N4.6 million) as match bonus for the group matches in Angola.
While the Nigeria Football Federation has jerked up the playersâ€™ pay from $5,000 to $15,000, the Presidential Task Force has also beefed up the players package to $15,000; thus arriving at $30,000 for each player.
Aside the bonus, the players would also receive $3,000 as appearance fee in every match featured.â€œThe players, coaches and other technical officials will have no excuse to fail. We have provided everything. We have motivated them, provided adequate training facilities, hired aircraft to fly them into Angola.
They have received all they asked for. Now, we are asking them to get us the result. They will have no excuse not to do so,â€ head of technical committee, Taiwo Ogunjobi explained.
Ademola Olajire, the NFF chief Media Officer, said the playersâ€™ package would be upwardly reviewed after the quarter-final game.
â€œThe NFF will certainly review the playersâ€™ bonus after the quarter-final stage. I donâ€™t know the figure they will review it to but certainly they will review itâ€, Ademola Olajire said in a chat.
Before the coming ofÂ PTF, NFF was paying the players $5,000 bonus but they jerked it up when Nigeriaâ€™s chances of qualifying for the World Cup became slim.
The PTF added bonus was an added bonanza to the playersâ€™ bonus during the World Cup campaign, but it has further increased in the Nations Cup campaign to perhaps spur the players to greater action to win the Nations Cup the third time and go to the World Cup as African Champions.