NFF pays Eagles full match winning bonus for 1-1 draw against Cameroon in Yaounde

NIGERIAN Football Federation (NFF) officials have opted to pay players and officials of the Super Eagles the full match bonus for Monday’s World Cup qualifier against Cameroon despite the fact that the team drew 1-1 in Yaounde.


NFF officials and the players agreed that team members would be paid a $5,000 winning bonus for a victory and $2,500 for a draw. On Friday, the Eagles beat Cameroon's Indomitable Lions 4-0 in Uyo and got paid the winning bonus of $5,000 and despite the draw in the second leg, they got paid a similar amount.


NFF president Amaju Pinnick insisted it was just reward for a masterclass output by the Nigerian squad over the two legs of the most anticipated fixture of Group B. His decision has been praised by players and officials alike.


Mr Pinnick said: “When the draw was made last year, people said ours was the Group of Death. However, you have stayed very much alive with scintillating performances and done the nation very proud.”


NFF officials also disclosed that preparations for next month’s big encounter against the Chipolopolo of Zambia, at which the Super Eagles are highly expected to pick the World Cup ticket, has started in earnest. Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, the NFF's first vice chairman of the organising committee, will travel to Uyo this week to see Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State and they will go through the check list together.


Mr Akinwunmi added:“Nothing will be left to chance. It is a very big match, and the way things have turned out against Cameroon, it is now an even bigger match than the ones we played, so nothing will be left to chance."