The Nigerian national team has lost on receiving $70,000 each after failing to advance to the last 16 at the World Cup competitions currently ongoing at Russia.
The Super eagles were close to securing a spot at the last eleven until Marcos Rojo shattered their dream by scoring another goal in addendum to their first goal and making the scoreline 2-1 at full time.
Had it been that the Super Eagles were victorious in their Group D game against Argentina and advanced to the round of 16; each player would have been given a bonus of $70,000 each.
A reliable source close to the national team in a statement confirmed the news saying;
“We did not just only fail to equal our best finish at the World Cup in Russia, the team also missed $70,000 for each player which we would have received for reaching the round of 16,”
“It was disappointing because we had a better team at the World Cup in Russia than we did in Brazil and yet we could not get past the group stage.”
Nigerians had high hopes of reaching a significant level at the World Cup tournament after defeating Iceland but their progress halted when the Argentinians defeated them.
At the group stage game against Argentina, scored at the first half after which Victor Moses restored parity when the Nigerian team were awarded a penalty kick, although their jubilation was shortened after Marcos Rojo scored the deciding goal at the 100th minute.
Marcos Rojo handled the ball inside the box during the game and they were calls for a penalty but it was annulled after the referee consulted VAR.
Hopefully, the Nigerian national team will perform better at the next World Cup tournament.
The last time the Super Eagles crashed out in the group stage was at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.