By Chux Odoh
Following the Nigeria Super Eagles poor performance during their opening Group D match against Croatia where they lost by 2 goals, the Federal Government has announced an increment in the winning bonus of the super Eagles by $5000.
This is a 50% increase from the initial $10, 000 the team were promised before the tournament kicked off in Russia on Thursday.
Making the announcement of the winning bonus known, the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung 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 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 called on Nigerians to continue to support the team
”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 sits at the bottom of Group D has two more groups matches to play against Iceland and Argentina.
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