Nigeria’s minister of sports, has offered a bonus of $100,000 (16 million Naira) to the Super Eagles if they defeat Ghana in Wednesday’s semi final of the African Nations Championship (CHAN).
With a similar incentive in their quarter final game, Nigeria came from a 3-0 first half deficit to defeat Morocco 4-3 after extra time in Cape Town on Saturday.
The Eagles are expected to be paid their last bonus earnings before Wednesday’s clash against rivals the Black Stars.
Abdullahi told media that if “the boys qualify for the final and go ahead to win the trophy, they can be confident that a grateful nation will remember for a long time to come that they, with typical Nigerian grit and determination, have extended our dominance of African football.”
Nigeria are the defending champions of the more prestigious Africa Cup of Nations and look set to win the CHAN, that is open to only players based in their country’s domestic leagues, in their debut appearance at the competition.
With an average of three goals per game, Nigeria will go against Ghana who have scored just four goals so far (three from the penalty spot) and have conceded just once.
The last time both teams met at senior continental level, Ghana ran out 1-0 winners at the 2010 AFCON in Angola.