Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Melvin Amaju Pinnick says he is happy that the body has been able to acquire all money needed for the Super Eagles’ players’ allowances before and during the World Cup.
Pinnick said the early release of $2m from FIFA has helped in ensuring the NFF meets its financial obligations to the players ahead of time, adding that the Nigerian soccer body is excited that its effort at ensuring a distraction-free campaign has been achieved.
He also said the NFF have received $2.8m for its activities leading to the World Cup, which would further boost their efforts to meet terms of their agreements with the players heading to Russia 2018.
The NFF signed an agreement with the players just before their friendly match against Argentina in Russia, which the Super Eagles won 4-2.
Apart from securing the needed cash for the Russia 2018 outing, the NFF is also ready with the appearance fees for the games against DRC Congo in Port Harcourt this month and the game against the Three Lions of England at the revered Wembley Stadium.
The NFF stressed that the aim is to see the team to surpass Nigeria’s best World Cup run of three second round feats at USA ’94, France ’98 and Brazil 2014.
With that in mind, the Eagles will play Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, before going against England on June 2 and Czech Republic on June 66 in Austria.
The team’s first phase camping will hold from May 22nd to 30th, the second phase at a health resort in Austria between June 3rd and 11th June.
The Eagles will take on England in a prestige encounter at Wembley Stadium in London on 2nd June, before trading tackles with the Czech Republic in Austria on 6th June.
The team will camp for nine days at Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Austria before flying to their team base camp in Yessentuki, Stavropol region of Russia on 11th June.
Their official World Cup base camp at Yessentuki, Stavropol Territory in Russia’s southern region will start on 11th June