The Nigeria Football Federation has denied a report stating that it shortchanged players of the Super Eagles with regards to payment of their win bonus for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Algeria. The match was played in Uyo in November 2016.
The Team Administrator Dayo Achor told the official website, thenff.com, “That report is a fabrication. The estimate we sent to the Government was for the sum of N1m for each player for a win. Nobody has been shortchanged.
“Sometime in March this year, the NFF held a meeting with some technical crew members, team captain and vice captain, on behalf of the team, and told them to open bank accounts (in Nigeria) as the Federation was no longer disposed to paying cash. It was also at that meeting that the NFF told them they would no longer be paid in dollars for home matches, and that the win bonus for home match was a flat rate of N1m. The meeting took place at the team’s hotel in Kaduna and I was present at the meeting.
“It was based on this that the players were paid the sum of N500,000 each for the draw against Egypt in Kaduna (2017 Cup of Nations qualifier, March 2016) and the sum of N1m each for the win against Tanzania in Uyo (2017 Cup of Nations qualifier, September 2016). Their camp allowance has also been paid in naira (N50,000 per day) since March 2016.”
Achor also said that for away matches, the players were entitled to the sum of $5,000 at the official rate obtaining at the time of match.
“The NFF has not shortchanged the players. The match against Algeria was a home match. Whenever the win bonus for the match against Zambia in Ndola is being paid, it would be $5,000 per player at the official rate that obtained at the time the match was played.”