Coach Gernot Rohr has warned against another pay strike at the World Cup if the country hoped to improve on the previous outings at the world wide tournament.
Nigerian national football team German head coach, Gernot Rohr celebrates after the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match between Nigeria and Zambia in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on October 7, 2017.
FIFA At the 2014 World Cup, the Super Eagles skipped an exercise to protest the non-payment of bonus for qualifying for the tournament forcing the country’s sports minister to fly out by private jet to pay them nearly $4 million cash in Brazil. Rohr said he believes the three-time African champions can improve on the best World Cup performance of a Round of 16 by better and early preparation along with ensuring money problems are sorted out well beforehand.
Nigeria will be paid an overall total of $12.5 million by FIFA for qualifying for Russia 2018 with $2.5 million of the amount payed for the Eagles to organize adequately for the football showpiece. They are going to earn much more cash as long as they reach the knockout rounds of the tournament as they did in 1994 and 2014.
Nigeria have up to now used a total of 37 players for the qualifying tournament for Russia 2018 and they are all eligible for a share of a qualification bonus. Rohr, a 64-year-old Franco-German coach, said he believes that with a totally prepared and united team both on and off the pitch, Nigeria can get their best performance at next year’s tournament.
“If we want to do something at the World Cup, we have to prepare well,” he said. “We want everybody who wants to be part of the team to show the same solidarity we currently have in the team. “More importantly, we don’t want the issue of money to be a problem.
“The issue of bonuses and allowances, which are the usual African problem we see during the World Cup, must be avoided. “Such issues will be bad for our preparation. “I have told my officials and the federation president that all (such issues) be cleared before the start of the competition.” (Vanguard)