FG Increases Super Eagles’ Winning Bonus By $5000 To Encourage Them To Win

The Federal Government has reportedly increased the winning bonus of the Nigerian Super Eagles by $5,000 in order to encourage them to win their remaining two group matches at the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

According to the report, with this increase, each of the Super Eagles player will now be getting $15,000 winning bonus per game against the $10,000 per game initially agreed to be paid to the players before the tournament started on Thursday.

The new development is coming following the players loss to Croatia in the first leg of their matches last Saturday, while they prepare for their next two group games against Iceland and Argentina. The Super Eagles will face Iceland who drew 1-1 with Argentina on Saturday 22nd of June before playing Argentina in their last group game on June 26.

While confirming the increase in the winning bonus, the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung said;

“It is unfortunate that we did not win, which would have served as a morale booster at the group stage, but we will not lose hope. The Federal Government is doing its best to ensure that the Super Eagles excel in Russia. Even President Muhammadu Buhari took time out to motivate the players yesterday and to assure them of his unflinching support for the team. I personally added $5,000 to their winning bonus to motivate the team, but we must still keep our hopes alive because this is just the beginning. I urge the players to remain focused while the technical department will have to put heads together with the coach to salvage our next two matches against Iceland and Argentina. If we win our next matches against Iceland and Argentina, then we can qualify from the group.''

The minister who called on Nigerians to continue to support the team further said;

''The Super Eagles are a work in progress. It’s a very young team and we are nurturing them for greater exploits, not only for now but also for the future. We are not giving any excuses but we must continue to rally round our team, irrespective of the result recorded on Saturday. I appeal to Nigerians to rally behind the team and pray for them ahead of their next game against Iceland. I strongly believe that despite the disappointing start, the Super Eagles will come out strong from the group.”

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