The Vice-President of the Nigeria Football Federation Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi has come out to state that he has great hope that the Super Eagles of Nigeria will qualify from the group stage of the FIFA World Cup despite losing their opener to Croatia.
Akinwunmi who had a chat with Sport Intelligence (www.sportintelligencemag.com) from Russia, believes that the current bonus-pay structure which the NFF designed is meant to motivate the boys to win, and sees no reason why they will not try to qualify.
In his words, the Sport administrator said: “Simple. They get paid match bonuses for draw or win. But we are saying that if they qualify, they get bonuses as if they won all 3 matches”.
This structure created therefore means that the players will get winning bonus for the Croatia match, despite losing, and it is hinged on ensuring that the players give their very best in their next match.
Akinwunmi further debunked all speculations that the players are being owed any outstanding, but insisted that the players are going to be the greater beneficiary if the team qualifies to the round of 16.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will play Iceland on Friday, but they will need to get an outright win to keep their hopes alive ahead of their last group encounter with Argentina.