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FG Increases Super Eagles Match Bonus to N5M as Morale Booster

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The Federal Government has increased match bonuses for the Super Eagles, ahead of their clash against Iceland.

This was made known by Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Sport, who said, the 50% increment from the initial $10,000 (N3.5M), will bring the total sum promised the Super Eagles to $15,000 (N5M). He added that, this will go a long way in boosting the moral of the players ahead of their second match in Group.

“It is unfortunate that we did not win, which would have served as a morale booster at the group stage, but we will not lose hope.

“The Federal Government is doing its best to ensure that the Super Eagles excel in Russia. Even President Muhammadu Buhari took time out to motivate the players yesterday and to assure them of his unflinching support for the team.

“I personally added $5,000 to their winning bonus to motivate the team, but we must still keep our hopes alive because this is just the beginning.

“I urge the players to remain focused while the technical department will have to put heads together with the coach to salvage our next two matches against Iceland and Argentina. If we win our next matches against Iceland and Argentina, then we can qualify from the group.” he said.

Dalung however called on Nigerians to continue to support the team regardless of the disappointing outing against Croatia.

”The Super Eagles are a work in progress. It’s a very young team and we are nurturing them for greater exploits, not only for now but also for the future. We are not giving any excuses but we must continue to rally round our team, irrespective of the result recorded on Saturday.

“I appeal to Nigerians to rally behind the team and pray for them ahead of their next game against Iceland. I strongly believe that despite the disappointing start, the Super Eagles will come out strong from the group.”

Nigeria who currently sit at the bottom of Group D, will face Iceland on the 22 June.