Nigeria Super Eagles stand to pocket a massive N700 millionÂ (about $4.6 million) in allowances, appearance fees and win bonuses should they go all the way at next monthâ€™s World Cup as skipper Nwankwo Kanu has predicted.
The Nigeria Football Association (NFA) has already proposed to the players a qualification bonus of 25% of the $8 million Nigeria will receive for featuring in the first round of the 2010 World Cup.
In addition, it has again scooped that the NFA has now projected they would also spend about N700 million in daily allowances, appearance fees and match bonuses if the Eagles reach the World Cup final on July 11.
For instance, each of the 23 players who make the final cut for the tournament will be entitled to a daily allowance of $200. A monthâ€™s stay in South Africa would therefore mean that a player would receive $6,000 alone in daily allowances.
The players will also be entitled to appearance fees as well as match bonus which graduate upwards as the Eagles progress at the World Cup.
However, coach Lars Lagerback will not receive any bonus in the first round of the World Cup. He would only receive a bonus when the Eagles reach the knockout stage of the championship.
â€œThis will be the biggest pay day for the players in Nigerian football history, but they will have to earn it,â€ a top official said.
At the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year in Angola, each squad member received about $80,000 in combined payments as the Eagles placed third in the competition.
Nigeria are drawn in Group B with Argentina, Greece and South Korea in the first round of the World Cup and play their first game against Argentina on June 12 at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg.