The Super Eagles of Nigeria have received N20 million after scoring 4 goals in their World Cup Qualifying match against Cameroon.
The team had been promised N5 million per goal by the Federal Government before the match.
Goals from Odion Ighalo, John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses and Kelechi Iheanacho gave Nigeria the much-needed win, which all but solidifies their spot in next year’s World Cup in Russia.
Minister for Sports, Solomon Dalung said: “The Nigeria Football Federation has been on its toes to ensure that he Super Eagles qualify for the next World Cup. You worked very hard for this victory and Nigerians are proud of you for always raising the flag when it matters most.
“We know the consequences of not being at the World Cup in Russia in 2018. We determine the pulse of African sports and set the tune and agenda for Africa in global sports so it is very key and critical to us. Moreover, the absence of Nigeria at any international competition always denies the world of the pattern, style and tradition of the Nigerian variety of football so we will be going to Russia with another different pattern and style of football.”
The Minister called on football stakeholders and Nigerians to continue to support the players with their prayers and objective criticisms.
“The federal government will continue to support our players because they have been making so many sacrifices for the country. There is nothing we can do to compensate them for what they have done except to continue to appreciate and celebrate them in this critical journey to Russia.”