Members of the home-based Super Eagles pocketed N10 million as match bonuses for qualifying Nigeria for CHAN 2016 finals in Rwanda.
The team’s spokesman, Toyin Ibitoye, disclosed that the players got $2,000 each (N400,000) as against the $1,000 for picking a draw in the second leg of the qualifier.
According to Ibitoye, the victorious home-based lads had more reasons to smile on Sunday night after the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation approved that players and officials be paid extra amount of money as performance/qualification bonus for the 4th African Nations Championship.
For the drawn game against Burkina Faso’s Etalons at the Stade August 4, which sent Nigeria into the draw for the Rwanda 2016 African Nations Championship, each player was entitled to $1,000 with each of the coaches earning more.
However, the NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko, who led the Nigeria delegation to Ouagadougou, announced to the group that the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, had directed that players and officials be paid the full bonus, with the other half serving as qualification bonus.
The joyous delegation returned to Nigeria at 1.15am on Monday, aboard the same Arik Air Bombardier Jet that flew them from Port Harcourt to Ouagadougou on Friday night.
The Super Eagles B join hosts Rwanda, Morocco, Tunisia, Angola, Zambia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mali, Guinea, Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger Republic and Zimbabwe.
Host of the inaugural edition of the competition in 2009, Cote d’Ivoire will host Ghana on Friday, while Cameroon will tackle Congo in Pointe Noire on Saturday for the remaining two spots.