2018 World Cup: Pinnick Promises Eagles $24m, If Nigeria Wins
Amaju Pinnick, the President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has said that the Super Eagles stand the chance of pocketing $24 million if they play in the final of the 2018 World Cup.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the World Cup will hold from June 14 to July 15 in Russia.
Pinnick told newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday at a parley 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.
“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 now relax but now, we have given them everything upfront and now, 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,” Pinnick said.
He also said that adequate preparation including grade A friendly matches have been secured with England and Czech Republic to ensure the team do well at the World Cup.
The NFF boss further said that the glass house had already secured $2.8 million to pay the players allowances and bonuses during the mundial.