The decision of FIFA to offer US $2 million in advance to NFF or the Nigeria Football Federation as prize money, has been accepted by the nation.
NFF coveyed that the prize money will aid in maintaining the focus of Nigerian football players on the football pitch only in the coming world cup football tournament to be held in Russia in June this year. They will not have to bother with financial issues. With the World Cup just weeks away, and the fact that there are plenty of African stars to watch out for in Russia 2018 World Cup, you are sure to be looking out for the excitement.
CAF or the configuration of African football further added that the money will aid all the five representative nations from Africa in their preparation for the world cup tournament. These five Nations are Tunisia, Senegal, Nigeria, Morocco, and Egypt.
During the Confederation Cup in 2013 in Brazil, The Super Eagles got involved in long-lasting disputes affecting their concentration at the tournament. A similar dispute took place during the World Cup Championship in the following year in 2014 that again affected their campaign.
How will the advance payment help?
The NFF could find it easier to tackle pending player payments with the prize advance.
Ademola Olajire, the NFF spokesman believes that the advance payment from FIFA will now help the nation in averting such rows and conflicts with payments in Russia. He admitted that Nigerian Football Federation had past experiences of pay disputes with the players regarding mode of payment for the team. However, the currently available money will put everything in the right place and such previous problems can be avoided.
The money will definitely help the Nigerian football players to focus only on their game in Russia and they will not have to deal with any sort of distraction because of off the field incidents related to bonus payments (when they will arrive to be precise).
An agreement was signed by the Nigeria Football Federation in the last year with its players in order to avoid rows related to bonus and payment, a common factor that affected the performance of the team in the previous world cup campaigns.
Ahmad, the president of CAF conveyed in a statement that the cash will be utilized for settling bonus dues of the players in question. The previous incidents of disputes not only significantly affected the performance of the team but also created a bad image of the African football to the rest of the world.
Looking back at the past incidents
The government had to step in sometime back to send money to Brazil in 2014 to make payments for the players, who had then threatened to conduct a strike. A similar threat was made by the players from Togo in 2016 in Germany.
All the 32 teams taking part in the world cup tournament will receive $1.5 million from FIFA as a fee for preparation along with a guarantee of $8 million prize money at the end of the tournament.