Skipper Mikel Obi, Eagles reject World Cup bonus according to playing time
SCORENigeria can exclusively report that skipper Mikel Obi and the Super Eagles rejected a proposal for them to be paid according to the minutes they play for the national team, like some of them are paid at their overseas clubs.
The Eagles will now be paid a $3 million qualifying bonus for the 2018 World Cup according to their call-ups and appearances.
But it may not have been so if the players had accepted a new format that they be paid according to minutes they played in the qualifiers to Russia 2018.
“Mikel and the rest of the team out rightly booted out a proposal brought forward by one of the NFF vice-presidents that they should now be paid the bonus by the number of the minutes they played in the qualifiers,” an official told only SCORENigeria
“That would have meant some of the players who were called up but never got to play will not benefit from the bonus.”
The players insisted they would rather go with what was used previously, that is players who were called up for the six group qualifiers as well as the second round eliminator against Swaziland.
“To be paid according to playing time will bring desperation in the team, against team spirit, and the players rejected this,” another official informed SCORENigeria
SCORENigeria first reported each player will pocket $15,000 for a win in the group stage of Russia 2018 and that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have agreed to pay out 30% of the $9.5 million FIFA will give to each of the 32 finalists to next year’s Mundial.