The Nigeria Football Federation has revealed it planned to offer the coaching crew of the Super Eagles two-and-a-half years contracts each if they qualified for the World Cup.
In its explanation of the booster packages it organised to ensure Nigeria made it to the World Cup, the NFF also added that an arrangement was made with the players to make them have 35% of the qualifying bonus.
In a communique from the NFF’s executive committee meeting, the federation explained that it had set enough motivation for the team to thrive against Ghana.
“The Committee further commended the Honourable Minister for his savvy in convening the meeting held among the Presidency, Sports Ministry and NFF on Monday, 4th April (sic) 2022 to review the unfortunate outcome of the match with Ghana and agree concrete steps on how to reinvigorate the Super Eagles and indeed Nigeria Football going forward.
”It noted that the meeting was very cordial, as well as established and appreciated the fact that all that was needed to be done and/or provided the team and the technical crew to ensure a positive outcome on the pitch against Ghana was delivered, and in a most professional manner,” the communique said.
”In addition, unique motivational strategy was put in place to spur the coaches and the players, such as offering the technical crew a two-and-half year contract. The standard agreement NFF had in place with the players that they will share 35% of the qualifying bonus Nigeria will earn by participating at the Qatar 2022 World Cup was also emphasized.”
Super Eagles coaches and players in the past have had issues with the federation on the prompt payment of promised bonuses and allowances.
Former coach, Gernot Rohr was owed a backlog of salaries before his dismissal while players were also owed a slew of bonuses.
Nigerians have blamed the NFF for failing to help local football develop and also struggling to make the Super Eagles tick.