Nigeria’s Super Eagles could rack up $35 million at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil as prize money if they upset the apple cart and win the title in the South American country.
This follows an announcement by world football governing body, FIFA on an upward review of prize money at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.
FIFA declared that the 32 teams at next year's World Cup finals will share a total fund of $576 million, including a prize-money pot of $358 million with the winners taking home $35 million.
The amount of money made available to the countries taking part has increased by 37 per cent from the $420 million on offer at the 2010 finals in South Africa. The winners' prize money has gone up by $5 million.
Speaking exclusive to supersport.com from Brazil on the development, president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Aminu Maigari said the news comes as an added incentive for the African champions to punch above their weight in Brazil.
“I have heard the news and I must say that this will even fire up the boys to do very well in Brazil. Actually, the World Cup is never just about money but defending the pride of the nation at the biggest stage,” he said.
The runners-up in Brazil next year will pocket $25 million, while the third-placed team will take home $22 million and the fourth-placed team $20 million.
The four teams eliminated in the quarter-finals will leave with $14 million; teams in the last 16 will receive $9 million; and those eliminated in the first round will get $8 million.
In addition, each of the 32 finalists will receive $1.5 million for their "preparation costs."
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