For reaching the Round of 16 for the first time in 16 years, the Super Eagles have considerably enriched the coffers of the Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF). According to the financial package unfolded by FIFA before the World Cup kicked off, each of the 32 participating teams was assured $1.5 million for qualifying for the competition.
For those who crashed out of the first round, each of the 16 will get $8 million each. That translated to roughly 1.3 billion Naira, which the Super Eagles had surpassed for Nigeria.
Qualification for the round of 16 had improved the financial reward to $9 million, which is about (N1.4 billion.) More financial reward awaits the team should it beat France on Monday. The reward from FIFA will be an additional $5 million, which will be N813.6 million.
Should that happens, it will be the largest sporting reward ever in Nigerian football. The bar may be raised if the Super Eagles get to the semi final, the point no African country has ever reached.
That will guarantee the team a minimum reward of $20 million (N 3.25 billion)in the event of losing the semi final match. But should Nigeria win, the package improves to $22 million (N3.57 billion).
Babatunde undergoes successful surgery
As Moses resumes training for France
Super Eager burgeoning midfielder, Babatunde Michael has undergone a successful surgery on his fractured wrist and has since returned to the team’s Camp base in Campinas, ahead of the trip to Brasilia for the second round duel against France.
Though, his team mate, Ogenyi Onazi, whose shot did the damage jokingly said that Babatunde stopped his goal bound shot. “I swear that was a sure goal if not for Tunde’s hand, I wish him quick recovery,” he said.
“Unfortunately, he is ruled out of the tournament because it will take at least three weeks for that surgery to heal,” Head Coach Stephen Keshi told Team’s Media Officer,
Ben Alaiya. He added that Nigerians should not fret over the development, as there are capable replacements for the player. “It’s not looking good that he will feature again in the tournament, we are sad about that but we have people who can fill in for him very well and I think we have to go win for him now,” Keshi added.
The national team boss also dispelled insinuations that he has any personal issues with Victor Moses, hence he was not being featured. “It’s purely medical, my last child is older than Moses, so why will I quarrel with my son? Peo- ple must find out facts and not speculate especially when we have a capable media person in our midst.”
The coach then added that Moses had a muscle strain that was discovered by the team’s medics after the first game against Iran and he was advised to rest it so that he can come out better in subsequent games.
with due diligence regarding their health and that is why we have not played him. We hope he should be back in training later on Thursday”.