President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Alhaji Aminu Maigari said Super Eagles players will be paid $5,000 as winning bonus as earlier arranged by the federation.
Maigari, who stated this at a media briefing in Abuja yesterday, said until the outcome of the report of the committee set up by the Minister of Sports, the NFF would not back down on its resolve.
“With regards to this bonus row, you know the minister recently set up a panel to investigate and advise the Commission on bonus issue, so we don’t want to pre-empt the panel, but as far as the NFF is concerned, we are going to pay the normal $5,000 winning bonus,” said Maigari.
The NFF president noted that Calabar, the venue of Saturday’s World Cup qualifier between African champions Nigeria and Malawi, is a safe haven.
Maigari, who also lauded the efforts of the Governor Liyel Imoke-led administration of Cross River State in hosting the Super Eagles and the Golden Eaglets for the past one-and-a-half year, disclosed that the NFF has done everything on their own part to ensure a “hitch-free” event on Saturday.
“The Government and people of Cross River State deserve nothing but high commendation for their generosity and hospitality. They have continued to be good and great hosts for the Super Eagles and the Golden Eaglets.
“On our part, the NFF has perfected all arrangements to hosts a hitch-free World Cup qualifying match, and we are assuring the Government and people of Nigeria that our Super Eagles are adequately prepared to achieve victory against Malawi on Saturday,” added Maigari.
Having racked up 7 points, Malawi trail Nigeria who are on nine points and will have to avoid defeat to qualify for the playoff round of the 2014 World Cup qualifying series.