Friday, January 8, 2010

Super Eagles to get U.S.$33,000 each as match bonus

Nigeria football authorities have jerked up winning bonus for members of the Super Eagles who are to begin their campaign to win the African Nations Cup for the third time with their January 12 opener against defending champions Egypt in Benguela, Angola.

According to figures released by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday, each member of the team will receive $30,000 (about N4.6 million) as match bonus for the group matches in Angola.

Aside the bonus, the players will also get $3,000 as appearance fee in every match featured.

The breakdown further shows that the NFF had increased the players' pay from the initial $5,000 to $15,000 backed by the support of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) who ensured that the Eagles' 2010 World Cup qualification did not suffer from lack of motivation. When viewed from the same $15,000 package from the PTF, the total take home of each player rose to $30,000 as bonus up to the quarterfinals of the continental tournament.

Ademola Olajire, chief media officer of the NFF, while confirming the package yesterday further revealed that the players' earnings would still be reviewed upward after the quarterfinal game.

"The NFF will certainly review the players' bonus after the quarter finals stage. Definitely, I don't know the figure they will agree upon," stressed the image-maker last night.

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