Nigerian Football Federation Projects $12 Million In Player Bonuses For World Cup
The Nigerian Football Federation has projected that the reigning African champions require a budget of 2B naira ($12M), "to mount a successful challenge" at the World Cup in Brazil, resources which the country's Senate "is set to approve after it heaped praises on the NFF for its excellent administration and success," according to BOX SCORE. Senator Adamu Ibrahim Gumba, chairman of the Nigerian Senate Committee on Sports & Social Development, "extolled NFF's leadership and managerial virtues." The NFF received 1.8B naira ($10.9M) "from the Government last year." Gumba told the Senate Committee that added to the 2B naira required for the World Cup finals, the NFF required a further 3.9B naira ($23.6M) "for other competitions, events, overhead, capital and personnel matters" in '14 (BOX SCORE, 3/12).
BONUS PAYMENTS: INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL's Paul Nicholson wrote "bonuses to its national team players and officials has begun for the World Cup already." But while there is a will to pay, "there may not be a way with the current budget for the 2014 tournament." The "current proposal" is for players to be paid $10,000 per win in the group stages, $12,000 in the round of 16, $15,000 in the quarterfinals, $20,000 in the semifinals and $30,000 for winning the final. The "total win bonus each player would receive if Nigeria win" the World Cup would be $100,000. Coach Stephen Keshi will get $20,000 "while his assistants will each receive" $15,000. Players also receive a $200 "per day daily camp allowance." Currently "the expected shortfall on the budget" could be as much as $5M (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 3/12).