The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will be given a $2m advance by world football’s governing body, FIFA, to aid Super Eagles’ preparations for this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia next month.
The same fee will also be given to the respective federations of the other four African representatives in Russia before the tournament scheduled to start on Thursday, June 14.
The 32 World Cup teams are expected to get $1.5m each from FIFA to prepare for the tournament in addition to at least $8m in prize money after the tournament while eventual winners will get $38m.
According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the agreement for the five participating African countries (Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia) will help “settle beforehand the question of bonuses.”
While revealing the advance fee information via its website, CAF stated that money disputes at previous World Cups “affected badly the image of African football, with a considerable impact on team performances,”
The decision for FIFA to give the aforementioned countries some form of advance fee before the World Cup was initiated by CAF president Ahmad Ahmad before the advance fee agreement was granted on April 12.
The CAF Emergency Committee had earlier made the decision on December 1 before it was ratified by the CAF Executive Committee on January 10.
Speaking on the agreement, CAF President Ahmad Ahmad said: “This agreement, for an advance on the financial allocation by FIFA, aims to allow representatives at World Cups to have a harmonious preparation.
“It will also help to settle beforehand the question of bonuses due the players, which in the previous editions of the competitions has led to situations which affected badly the image of African football, with a considerable impact on team performances.” he concluded.