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FIFA’S $2.8M LARGESSE: Rohr gets $90,000 (N32.4 m)

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Nigeria’s senior national soccer team’s Chief Coach Gernot Rohr was paid $90,000 as his Russia 2018 World Cup bonus, with word rife that he expected more than what he got from chieftains of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF’s) .

Rohr raised his reservations over what he was paid at the negotiation table for the renewal of his coaching deal with Nigeria, where he got a ($60,000) increment culminating in a $55,000 monthly wage, unlike the $50,000 monthly which he was initially getting.

Interestingly, the payment of Rohr’s $55,000 monthly wages has been perfected in line with President Buhari’s administration’s TSA model for the month of December 2018.

Indeed, the paperwork for Rohr’s January 2019 wages could also be ready by next week, putting a lie to speculations that the coach was being paid his wages unfront. Rohr hasn’t made the late payment of his wages an issue, preferring rather to praise the NFF President Amaju Pinnick for being there for him when he needs cash to prosecute his progammes. gathered exclusively that each member of the Super Eagles’ 22-man squad was paid $45,000 amounting to $990,000 (N356.4 million) for participating at the Russia 2018 World Cup, with the cash coming from FIFA’s $2.8 million for such an exercise.

The balance $1.720 million was used to pay the three assistant coaches, the team’s doctor, backroom staff etc. In fact, all those who partook in Nigeria’s qualification for the Russia 2018 World Cup, including recuperating goalkeeper Carl Ikeme was paid a chunk from the balance.

Also in this group were players and coaches who participated at the qualification stage since without their efforts, the country couldn’t have qualified for the Mundial in Russia.

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