24 October 2017

Nigeria: NFF to Receive 2018 World Cup Money in Advance

FIFA are reportedly set to introduce a major policy change by paying the 2018 World Cup bonuses to Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and member associations, who that qualify for the tournament, ahead of the competition rather than after.

KweseESPN reports that the world football governing body is looking to make the change as a way of preventing any post-World Cup financial crises which often accompany many federations, especially teams.

After bonus row issues involving Cameroon, Ghana, and Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup, FIFA, under now-ousted President, Sepp Blatter, suggested they would mandate member associations to show signed agreements with players ahead of the next tournament in 2018.

Now, it appears the new leadership of the world body is going a step further to try to prevent crisis within the organisations by paying the bonuses ahead of kickoff.

It has already been widely reported that Nigeria's federation will pay the 37 players who took part in qualifying the team for Russia equally, with the players getting equal portions of the $12.5 million qualifying bonus.

According to said source, the full amount is set to be paid in advance of the tournament, rather than being split into a $2.5million preparation fee, and $10 million after the event.

When contacted by KweséESPN, FIFA would neither deny nor confirm the proposed change, with a spokesperson responding via email: "Please note, that the matter you mention in your query will be communicated in due time."

Prize money awarded to the 32 World Cup qualifying teams is expected to get even bigger for the coming tournament. A record $400 million in prize money is expected to be in play next year.

That figure represents a 12 percent increase from the $358 million paid out to teams at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.


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