BY FOLAKE OKEGBENLE.
Super Eagles participation at Russia 2018 World Cup will be an expensive venture, a State House source informed Sports Village Square on Tuesday. The overall bill rolls into a little over N3 billion as most of the spending will be in foreign currency.
The source informed that Nigeria’s sports minister gave the breakdown as the country is moving to avoid the usual bonus row that has in the past tournament became additional factors in limiting the performances of not just the Super Eagles, but also that of other African teams.
CAF has already stepped in by giving grants to the five African teams at the World Cup while the Nigeria Football Federation last month met with the Super Eagles and both reached agreement on World Cup bonuses.
The source told Sports Village Square that the Super Eagles may get their bonuses upfront as the former NFA did to Coach Velibor ‘Bora’ Milutinovic at France ’98 World Cup.
The Super Eagles may be paid their camping allowances in March – three months to the World Cup. The sources further disclosed that the plans are based on the fact that FIFA will make available about N900 million of the money the Super Eagles will spend to prosecute the World Cup project.
It is also expected that the NFF would be able to raise about N600 million from sponsors and the Federal Government will make available, N2 billion.