NFF offers Super Eagles full bonus to qualify for World Cup knockout stage

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Nigeria's football body are in desperate bid to see the Super Eagles win against Iceland on Friday and has offered them their full entitlement

The Super Eagles will receive full entitlement worth $45, 000 each if they reach the World Cup knockout phase.

Gernot Rohr's men started their sixth World Cup campaign in Russia on the back foot, bowing 2-0 to Croatia at the Kaliningrad Stadium on Saturday.

With the defeat, the Nigeria Football Federation hope for a win against Iceland in Volgograd on Friday to bring the nation’s fading outing back on track before they face Argentina on June 26.

And the body announced an improved package in the bid to motivate the team ahead of their crucial showdown against the Icelandic team.

“What we decided after the match in order to give the boys more impetus was that we will give them their full entitlements once they qualify [to the knockout stage],” NFF 1st vice president Seyi Akinwunmi said during a press conference held at the Park Inn Hotel in Saint Petersburg.

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“It will be a qualifying bonus which means that it will be as though they never lost a match. So, they have greater incentives now to win the next two matches and qualify.

“If they qualify with one win and a draw as long as they qualify - they will get full entitlement. I think the boys are very happy and extremely motivated by that.”

The Super Eagles had missed their statutory $15,000 bonus for a win following Saturday's defeat, but the latest decision of the NFF will see them pocket $45,000 as qualifying bonuses if they reach the second round of the competition.

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