Super Eagles bonus crisis averted

A row over the win-bonus of Africa Cup of Nations semifinalists Nigeria has been averted after a special committee paid up their share, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials said.

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The officials said they have now received payment from the Presidential Task Force (PTF) for the 2010 World Cup to cover an improved bonus pay-out for the Super Eagles at the Nations Cup here.

The NFF are to pay half of the team’s bonuses, while the PTF pay the other half. But when the PTF were not forthcoming with their own cash, the NFF had to pay the players the full outstanding amount.

“The PTF have paid up,” an official said. “They also paid the NFF for their tickets to the World Cup.”

Each player was paid $30 000 for progressing from the first round of the competition and received an additional $12 500 for beating Zambia on penalties to reach the semifinals of Angola 2010.

Each player will get $15 000 if they beat fellow west African rivals Ghana on Thursday in Luanda to reach the final of this year’s tournament. — AFP

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