2014 FIFA World Cup playoffs: No special incentives for Nigeria to beat Ethiopia - Ahead of Sunday's opening of Nigeria's camp for this month's match against Ethiopia in the playoffs for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Nigerian football authorities have said there will be no special incentives for the national team, the Super Eagles, to beat its Ethiopian counterpart.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Aminu Maigari said each player would get his usual US$5,000 for a victory.
“There are no issues at all. We have been in contact with the players and coaches and no one has any problem with what we pay as bonus,' the local media Thursday quoted him as saying.
“The players were paid US$5,000 after the last World Cup qualifying game against Malawi in Calabar and no one complained. It’s about honour, patriotism and the collective zeal to see that Nigeria’s flag is hoisted at the gathering of elite football nations in Brazil next year,' he said.
The first of the two-leg playoffs between Nigeria and Ethiopia will be held in Addis Ababa 13 Oct., while the return leg will be in Nigeria's southern city of Calabar 16 Nov.
PANA reports that the Super Eagles' camp is due to open on Sunday in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, where the 23 invited players will train till 11 Oct. before flying to the Ethiopian capital on a chartered flight 12 Oct.
The aggregate winner of the two-match series will qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.