The victorious home–based senior national team, Super Eagles B, had more reasons to smile on Sunday night after the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation approved that players and officials be paid extra amount of money as performance/qualification bonus for the 4th African Nations Championship.
For the drawn game against Burkina Faso’s Etalons at the August 4 Stadium on Sunday, which sent Nigeria into the draw for the Rwanda 2016 African Nations Championship, each player was entitled to the sum of $1,000 (Half of $2,000 earmarked for a win), with each of the coaches earning more.
However, NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC chairman, Shehu Dikko, who led the Nigeria delegation to Ouagadougou, announced to the group that NFF President Amaju Pinnick had directed that players and officials be paid the full bonus, with the other half serving as qualification bonus.
The joyous delegation returned to Nigeria at 1.15am on Monday, aboard the same ARIK Air Bombardier Jet that flew them from Port Harcourt to Ouagadougou on Friday night.
The Super Eagles B join hosts Rwanda, Morocco, Tunisia, Angola, Zambia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mali, Guinea, Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger Republic and Zimbabwe.
Host of the inaugural edition of the competition in 2009, Cote d’Ivoire will host Ghana on Friday, while Cameroon will tackle Congo in Pointe Noire on Saturday, for the remaining two spots.