FIFA to pay World Cup 2018 money in advance to NFF
By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association, otherwise known as FIFA is set to give countries that have qualified for its World Cups money ahead of the each tournment
In October of last year, it was announced that FIFA is in the process of introducing a major policy change by paying the 2018 World Cup bonuses to Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and member associations, who qualify for the tournament, ahead of the competition rather than after.
The reason provided for this is that the world football governing body is looking to make the change as a way of preventing any post-World Cup financial crises.
The crises have in the past often affected negatively many federations, especially teams.
After bonus row issues involving Cameroon, Ghana, and Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup. FIFA, under the past President, Sepp Blatter, suggested they would mandate member associations to show signed agreements with players ahead of the next tournament in 2018.
It has already been widely reported that Nigeria’s federation will pay the 37 players who took part in qualifying the team for Russia equally, with the players getting equal portions of the $12.5 million qualifying bonus.
According to a report, "The full amount is set to be paid in advance of the tournament, rather than being split into a $2.5million preparation fee, and $10 million after the event.
Moreover, prize money awarded to the 32 World Cup qualifying teams is expected to get even bigger for the coming tournament. A record $400 million in prize money is expected to be in play next year.
That figure represents a 12 percent increase from the $358 million paid out to teams at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.