FG Increases Super Eagles’ Bonus Ahead Of Iceland Clash

By Ikenga Chronicles June 19, 2018

Leaving the defeat suffered in the hands of Croatia behind, the Federal Government has boosted the Super Eagles with an increased winning bonus to motivate the team ahead of their second group game against Iceland on Friday at the Volgograd Arena.

This was disclosed by the Sports Minister Solomon Dalung after Saturday’s loss to Croatia.

This is a 50% increase from the initial $10,000 the team was promised before the tournament commenced last Thursday.

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“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.

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“If we win our next matches against Iceland and Argentina, then we can qualify from the group.” he said.

Dalung called on Nigerians to continue to support the team regardless of the disappointing outing against Croatia.

”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.

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“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 currently sit at the bottom of Group D.

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