The federal government has increased the win bonus of the Super Eagles by $5,000, to motivate them to win their remaining Group D matches at the ongoing tournament in Russia.
With this increase, each player will now get $15,000 winning bonus per game against initial $10,000 per game agreed with the players before the tournament kicked off in Russia on Thursday.
Making the increase known, the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, called on Nigerians to still stand behind the team, despite losing 2-0 to Croatia in their opening game on Saturday.
He said; “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 [Saturday] 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.”