As part of Confederation of African Football (CAF) efforts in boosting the morale of the Super Eagles for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the continental body has reportedly paid the sum of US$ 260,000 to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
The money will be used to augment all 24 qualified teams for the competition due to hold in Egypt this summer.
Egypt, Madagascar, Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, Mali, Guinea, Algeria, Mauritania, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Ghana, Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Guinea Bissau, Namibia, Zimbabwe, DR Congo, Benin Republic, Tanzania and South Africa qualified for the tournament. They have all benefitted from the windfall.
The aim of the advance payment is to help federations or associations with smaller budgets to meet the expenses of their preliminary preparations.
However, the amount will be deducted from the premiums to be received by each country at the end of the tournament.
The premiums ranges between US$ 4.5 million for the eventual champions and US$ 475,000 for the teams that will be eliminated at the group stage.
This payment to the participating teams was approved by the CAF Executive Council before the draw for continental showpiece in Cairo about a fortnight ago.
Nigeria have been drawn in Group B along with Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi.
The Super Eagles will be based in Alexandria during the tournament in June.
The tournament will be hosted by Egypt. The competition will be held from 21 June to 19 July 2019, as per the decision of the CAF Executive Committee on 20 July 2017 to move the Africa Cup of Nations from January/February to June/July for the first time. It will also be the first Africa Cup of Nations expanded from 16 to 24 teams.
The 24 teams taking part in the June-July tournament have received US$ 260,000 each from CAF in the form of a preparation fee and are guaranteed a minimum of US$ 475,000.