FIFA ready to pay Nigeria N4.5bn for world cup qualification

By Boluwatife Ezekiel Olaleye

The world football governing body, FIFA, is set to pay the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) about N4.5b ($12.5 million) for qualifying for the 2018 World Cup tournament in Russia.

Following Nigeria’s qualification, the NFF will get a N3.6b ($10m) qualification bonus and N900m ($2.5m) to support the Super Eagles’ preparations for the tournament.

Such bonuses are usually paid by FIFA to federations of countries that play in any of their tournaments as qualification bonus and to enhance the country’s adequate preparation for the actual tournament.

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So far, 37 players have put on the national colors to ensure Nigeria qualified for the FIFA 2018 world cup and each of these players will receive a share of the qualification bonus.

Should the Super Eagles make it to the knock out stages of the tournament, they will be eligible to receive more money from FIFA.