AFCON

Nigeria bonus row looming

2010-01-26 18:54
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Benguela - A row over the win-bonus of Africa Cup of Nations semi-finalists Nigeria is brewing after a special committee failed to come up with their own contribution, officials have disclosed.

"The team are on a massive bonus in Angola with the agreement that the NFF will pay half of the bonus, while the 2010 World Cup Presidential Task Force (PTF) pay the other half," disclosed a top Nigeria Football Federation official.

"The NFF have so far paid the bonus for the team's qualification from the group stage and also after the quarter-final, but the PTF are yet to come up with their own cash," he added.

"This cannot go on because the NFF resources have been fully stretched and it would be impossible for them to pay the team by the time they qualify for the final."

The PTF, made up of top government officials and politicians, was set up by the Nigeria presidency to assist the NFF qualify the Eagles to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

NFF spokesperson Ademola Olajire said the team have been paid their win-bonus for both qualification from the group rounds as well as reaching the last four but would refuse to elaborate further.

Each player was paid $30 000 for getting past the first round of the competition and received an additional 12,500 for beating Zambia to get to the semi-finals.

Coach Shuaibu Amodu got double those amounts and his assistants slightly less.

Each player will get $15 000 if they beat fellow west African rivals Ghana on Thursday in Luanda to reach the final of this year's Nations Cup.

Nigeria budgeted more than $3m for the Nations Cup in Angola.

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