2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa - Ahead of Saturday's match between Nigeria and Morocco in the quarter-final of the ongoing 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa, Nigerian sports authorities have announced an incentive of US$100,000 for the Super Eagles to beat the Atlas Lions of Morocco.
Sports Minister Bolaji Abdullahi announced the incentive to 'motivate the Nigerian team to give their very best and to triumph over the Moroccans,” the local Punch newspaper Friday quoted his Special Assistant on Media and Strategy Julius Ogunro as saying.
The incentive is in addition to the regular bonus which the players are entitled to for every victory they notch up at the tournament, designed exclusively for players in Africa's domestic leagues.
After a faltering start in which they lost to Mali in their opening match, the Super Eagles went ahead to beat Mozambique and South Africa and qualify for the last eight, where they will take on Morocco.
Nigeria's impressive outing against host South Africa, which it beat 3-1 in the final group A game, has shot the African champion into reckoning as a favourite to lift the title.
On Thursday, tournament organisers Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced mouth-watering cash prizes totalling US$3.25 million for the third edition of the two-yearly CHAN.
According to CAF, the winner will get US$750,000, runner up US$400,000, third and fourth place winners US$250,000 each and quarter-final losers US$175,000 each
Furthermore, the teams that finished third in each of the groups will receive US$125,000 each while the fourth-place team will each get US$100,000.
The 16-nation tournament is due to round off 1 Feb.