President GEJ calms Eagles crisis after players miss training due to bonus row

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has assured the country's senior players at the World Cup that the squad will be paid their bonus money. 

The president's guarantee comes a day after after the Super Eagles players boycotted training on Thursday.

According to the BBC, the Super Eagles fear that they will not be paid after the tournament as the same thing happened after last year's confederations cup.

The players do not understand the actual amount they think they be paid.

The players believe they are each $15,000 (£8,800) short of what they were expecting for reaching the last 16 in Brazil.

It is thought the problem lies in the interpretation of the bonus structure, with the players believing they will only receive $10,000 for their win 1-0 over Bosnia-Hercegovina and $5,000 for the 0-0 draw with Iran.

The players' understanding was they would receive a $30,000 payment for qualifying from the group.
However, it is believed the NFF's offer to the players includes the agreed win and draw bonuses plus 30% of the prize money due from Fifa for reaching the knockout stage.

This is understood to rise to 40% of the prize money from Fifa if Nigeria were to win their round of 16 match, 50% for a quarter-final victory, 60% for a win in the semi-final stage and 70% for lifting the trophy.

Stephen Keshi insists that this bonus row will not affect the team performance and they will be traveling to Brasilia on Friday as scheduled.

source: bbcsport

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