- Samson Siasia denies any agreement with the NFF for players to be paid N1m
- The NFF claims it had agreed with the Super Eagles to play the sum for a home win
- Players claim they should have been paid according to the official bank rate
Former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia has denied any agreement between the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the national team to be a million Naira as match bonuses.
The NFF released a statement on Wednesday claiming it was agreed the players will be paid a million Naira each for a home win.
But Siasia has now rubbished such a claim saying the players were supposed to be paid the equivalent of dollars at the bank rate.
“I don’t know anything about one million (Naira),” Siasia said when contacted by Africanfootball.comon Thursday.
“The agreement was that they will pay the equivalent of dollars at the bank rate, official rate. I don’t know about anything else.”
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Several other officials and players have denied any agreement in which the players will be paid a million Naira each for a Super Eagles home win.
They were to be paid $5,000 for a home win at the official Naira rate the time the match was played.
At the time of the AFCON double-header qualifiers against Egypt, the official bank rate to the USD was around 200 Naira and that explained why they were paid 500,000 Naira each for the home draw with Egypt ($2500 x 200).
The Eagles were paid a million Naira each, being the same rate, when they beat Tanzania in an AFCON in September despite the Naira having seriously depreciated even at bank rate.
The players therefore ought to receive far more for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria in Uyo in November because the Naira had depreciated against the dollar and the official rate was between 310 and 315 Naira.