Sport NFF and Super Eagles sign agreement on match bonuses ahead of 2018 World Cup

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The major actors see this as a catalyst for the Super Eagles' best performance ever at the FIFA World Cup.

Super Eagles and NFF sign the money agreement ahead Russia 2018 to avoid crisis play

Super Eagles and NFF sign the money agreement ahead Russia 2018 to avoid crisis

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has signed an agreement with the national team on match bonuses and other team management issues.

This agreement is expected to help the team achieve its target at the Russia 2018 World Cup. Also, it is believed that it will ensure there are no conflicts between the players and the football body.

Mr Amaju Pinnick, the NFF President, revealed that the football body is to ensure Nigeria's participation at the World Cup is crisis-free. Also, the NFF 2nd Vice President/Chairman of Strategic Committee, Shehu Dikko further said: "We have done it; we have concluded negotiations and come to an agreement with the team as regards bonuses, allowances and share of income from FIFA for the 2018 World Cup."

"We also agreed on preparation, such as how much players will be paid for the friendly matches, including how and when the monies would be paid. We even delved into how the NFF would apply the funds due to it from FIFA after paying the players their share."

Amaju Pinnick play

Pinnicking discussing with the content of the agreement.

(Naija News)

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This is the first time NFF and the team would be signing a formal agreement on Nigeria's participation in an international competition.

In recent time, there have always been crisis around payment of camp allowances, match bonuses, and other related issues. At the Beijing 2016 Olympics, match bonus-related issue threatened the country's chance of winning a medal at the tournament. This is as Eagles vowed to boycott their training and the Semi-Final match.

At the last World Cup in Brazil, the Super Eagles missed a training session in protest over bonuses. Similarly, the Black Stars of Ghana and the Togolese National Team have been torn apart at a time during major tournaments over match bonuses and allowance.

John Mikel Obi, Captain of the Super Eagles, also expressed excitement at the development, and call for its full implementation.

"We are very happy and excited about this development. This is the first time since I started playing for the senior team that I would see everything regarding preparation and bonuses and allowances put down in black and white and a binding agreement executed."

"It is reassuring that we now have a Federation leadership so committed to making everything work that they arranged this meeting and allowed the players to contribute and then set out to sign the agreement,"  Mikel Obi said.