The Super Eagles of Nigeria will be $500,000 richer after the Confederation of African Football pledged the amount of money to them.
The Nigerian team and each of the quartet of Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco and Senegal will has been promised a support of half a million dollars by the African football governing body. The decision was taken at CAF’s Executive Committee meeting and was taken in order to see the region be better represented at the Mundial.
The five teams representing Africa have all been drawn in dicey but surmountable groups as the world looks forward to the region to have a record-breaking tournament by going one better than the Quarter final feat achieved by Cameroon in Italia 90, Senegal in Korea/Japan 2002 and Ghana in South Africa 2010 World Cups respectively.
African teams have usually had to contend with a lack of funds at international competitions with complaints of unpaid bonuses and abandonment by the football association usually top of their misgivings. At times, these teams go as far as threatening to boycott crucial matches as a form of protest for their rights thereby embarrassing their nations and continents.
The Super Eagles had planned to base its World Cup budget on the potential receipt of $12 million from FIFA for making to the World Cup while the federation have met with the management and staff of the Super Eagles to decide on the manner of sharing the returns from FIFA and bonuses in a bid to quash a potential fractiousness between players and the football federation.