The NFF and the Super Eagles are in a running battle over money meant for players.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles will earn $10000 as winning bonus at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the spokesperson for the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Ademola Olajiire said on Wednesday.
Mr. Olajire said there will not be any change from their previous earnings for winning.
“Nothing new will happen, the players are going to earn $10000 winning bonus, $5000 for draws and nothing for a loss, although that will not change their daily allowance of $100”.
Mr. Olajire further explained that players will earn money based on their progress at each stage of the tournament. He said “it is basic, $10000 for the group stage, $12500 for the round of 16 and $15,000 for the quarterfinals. If they get to the semis, they will earn $20000”.
The players had earlier demanded their World Cup appearance fee from the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, officials.
The players questioned the NFF over its management of the $8 million (N1.2 billion) provided by the world football governing body, FIFA, after Nigeria qualified for the World Cup.
But the NFF claimed it only received $1 million.
The Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo, said on Tuesday that the players deserved to get their dues.
“We don’t play for Nigeria because of money, but when you work somewhere, you are entitled to certain things. You can’t deprive players from asking for their rights, this is normal,” he said.
Yobo said as a captain of the team, the happiness of his players is a priority for him. “I have to make sure my players are happy as I’m captain of the national team. If the players are not happy, there is no way I can be happy,” he said.
Mr. Olajire refused to comment on when the players will get their world cup appearance fee.