The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick has said that the Super Eagles players stand the chance of pocketing $24 million if they play in the final match of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The World Cup will hold from June 14 to July 15 in various Russian cities.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Pinnick told newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday that the money was part of the agreement reached with the players to share 50-50, whatever would accrue to the country if they get to the final and lift the trophy.
Pinnick said, “I don’t put players under pressure. Pressure can be put on them unconsciously because we are creating enabling environment for them. If for example we don’t have money to prepare them, they can relax but now, we have given them everything upfront and they should deliver.
“If today they get to the final, the World Cup money will be shared 50-50 between the team and the NFF.
“Winning the final is 48 million dollars, it means the team will get 24 million dollars and the football house will take the remaining 24 million dollars.”
Extrasportsnigeria.com reports that Nigeria is in the same group with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in the preliminary round. The Eagles have never gone beyond the second round in their previous five attempts since making their debut in the USA ‘94 edition.