Players of the Super Eagles have alleged that have been shortchanged by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in the payment of their win bonus for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria, according to AfricanFootball.
The players have been paid the win bonus for the 3-1 home win over Algeria in November after a special government bailout was released to the NFF, with each player entitled to $5,000, but they received N1million each instead, the report claims.
The players and officials have now risen to allege that they did not get what was due to them.
“I got a million Naira as bonus for the win over Algeria, just what I got for the win over Tanzania,” AfricanFootball.com quoted one of the players.
“I was also told that the government released the money for both the wins over Zambia and Algeria, but we were only paid for one of them.”
“The NFF informed us that we will be paid in Naira for our home games due to a new government policy, but even at that we ought to be paid more than a million Naira because the official rate of the Naira to the dollar is 305 Naira and not 200 Naira,” added another aggrieved player.
If exchanged at the government rate of 305 Naira to the dollar, each player is due 1,525,000 million Naira and not a million Naira NFF paid to each of them.
As a result, the NFF paid the sum of N23million to the 23 players who made the matchday squad for that game, when they should have been paid over 35 million, an excess of 12 million Naira.
“The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation has released the mandate to Central Bank of Nigeria for payment of Naira equivalent of US$1,173,820.00 at N305/$ to Nigeria Football Federation to pay outstanding winning bonuses for Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup Qualifying Matches and for the Super Falcons’ participation in the 10th Women’s Africa Nations Cup,” announced the press release signed by Kenechukwu N. Offie, director communications of the office of the accountant general of the federation.