SCORENigeria can exclusively reveal that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has requested from world football governing body FIFA to advance them $2 million (more than 720 million Naira) so as to pay the Super Eagles qualification bonus before the first ball is kicked at the World Cup in Russia.
In yet another scoop by SCORENigeria, NFF general secretary Mohammed Sanusi formally requested the $2 million in a letter dated April 9 and directed to the FIFA general secretary.
The advance is to be drawn from the money to be paid the country for qualifying for Russia 2018.
Last year, the NFF and the Super Eagles reached an agreement as it concerns how much they should be paid for qualifying for the World Cup as well as their match bonuses at the various rounds of the global championship.
It was to forestall a pay strike embarked by the team at the last World Cup in Brazil.
We first broke that each player will be paid $15,000 for a victory in the first round of Russia 2018, where the Eagles are drawn against Argentina, Croatia and Iceland.
The NFF have also announced the team will be paid 30% of the prize money they win at the World Cup.