The home-based Super Eagles team
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) coughed out the N90Million from the $750,000 prize money the Super Eagles B, earned after emerging the first runner up of the just concluded 5th edition of the biennial Championships Tagged; CHAN 2018.
The $750,000 prize money is about N252,000,000; 00k were converted to Nigeria’s currency and the N90Million is about 30% of the staggering sum gotten from the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF).
Meanwhile, Nigeria also earned a separate sum of $100,000 as Participation Fee from this year’s edition – which is about N36 Million when converted to the country’s currency – alongside all the 16 countries that participated.
Morocco, which hosted and emerged the winner, pocketed a staggering US$2.5 million in prize money, which represents a 67% increase from $750,000 awarded to winners of the previous editions.
Nigeria, which emerged the first runners-up, walked away with $700,000, a 75 per cent increase from $400,000, while the semi-finalist took home $400,000, an increase of up to 60 per cent.
The increase in prize money came months after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) signed a sponsorship agreement with French oil giants, Total.
A Nigeria FA officials had confirmed the payment will be made as promised the team. ”This is besides the match bonuses they have received for going all the way to the championship game in Morocco.”
The Eagles are due to arrive Lagos early on Tuesday morning via a direct flight from Casablanca. The Eagles will also be hosted by the Lagos State Government when they arrive the Country from Morocco.
Nigeria Coach, Salisu Yusuf has attributed his team’s capitulation in the final of the CHAN against Morocco to the injuries to key players.
Nigeria lost in the CHAN 2018 final to Morocco 4-0, but the team had impressed – progressing beyond the semi-final for the first time in three editions.
The Super Eagles B, managed only one shot on target in the game and played with 10-men for 42 minutes after defender Moses Eneji was sent off in the second-half with the scoreline at 1-0 at the time.
In his post-match presser, Yusuf credited Morocco as worthy winners and added that the red card to his team also didn’t help the side.
Succinct to also note that as part of the increment deal, the CAF Champions League, which previously had $1.5 million prize money, now onwards will use $2.5 million through 2020, while CAF Confederation Cup will have an increase of almost 90% with the winners taking a total of US$1.25 million against $660,000 previously won.
The CHAN 2016 edition, hosted in Rwanda, saw Amavubi, who reached the quarter-finals, pocket $175,000, a position that now fetch $300,000.
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