By Albert Akota
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has revealed that Super Eagles players will be paid for securing qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.
The federation will pay players and officials a total of $2.4 million as a bonus for qualifying for the prestigious tournament which which will be hosted by Russia.
This was confirmed by the NFF’s spokesperson Ademola Olajire when speaking to The Guardian Nigeria.
“The NFF have agreed to give the team $2.4 million out of the $8 million we are expecting from FIFA,” Olajire said.
The federation have also agreed other payments and benefits to the team to avoid a pay row that marred Nigeria’s participation at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Nigeria went on to reach the round of 16 where they were defeated by France, who won 2-0 at the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in Brasília.
Meanwhile, the President of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick and another Member of the NFF Executive Committee, Alhaji Yusuf Ahmed ‘Fresh’ were the cynosure of eyes at the inaugural edition of the New Telegraph Awards held at the Balmoral Events Centre of Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.
Pinnick, also a Member of the CAF Executive Committee, CAF Emergency Committee and President of AFCON, as well as being a Member of the Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions, was named the Sports Administrator of the Year, to a resounding ovation in the auditorium.
Apart from taking Nigerian Football to a high level of global reckoning in football politics, the Pinnick –led NFF’s adroit man-management, focus, energy and dynamism saw the Super Eagles conduct a sterling 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, in which they qualified from a so –called ‘Group of Death’ with a match to spare, and left second –placed Zambia stranded six points behind.
There has also been unprecedented sponsorship agreements with top –notch corporate bodies, and a landmark agreement with the Super Eagles players and management on the team’s share of expected income from FIFA on 2018 World Cup participation underscored a transparent and refreshing new way of doing things.
Ahmed ‘Fresh,’ who is Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee and much respected for his contributions to grassroots football and youth empowerment, was honoured with the Grassroots Football Development award. He is also a Member of the CAF Technical and Development Committee.
At the occasion to felicitate with the duo were Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi (NFF 1st Vice President and Member of CAF Youth Competitions Committee), Mallam Shehu Dikko (NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC Chairman and Member of FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee), NFF Executive Committee members Sharif Inuwa, Aisha Falode and Mohammed Alkali, NLO CEO Ahmad Kawu, NFF Congress members Tade Azeez, Frank Ilaboya, Dahiru Sadi and Austin Popo, Club Owners’ chieftains Isaac Danladi and Alloy Chukwuemeka and other stakeholders.