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Nigerian Football Federation told has stated that they have begun taking care of the logistics for the World Cup and the Super Eagles will have no need to be worried about their bonuses and other benefits.

In a statement given by the president of the federation, Amaju Pinnick, during a radio interview in Lagos on Monday, assured the public that unlike in other years there would be no logistics issues plaguing the Nigerian side at this year’s World Cup finals.

Russia, where the finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup has been staged, is a country with a large landmass and the distance between tournament locations is long. The President of the federation admitted that his team is well aware of these factors and they have put measures in place to to make sure that the Super Eagles and all the staff have a very enjoyable stay.

The most important thing is for the players to be very comfortable and to that end we have decided to take care of their movement from one location to another. We are aware of the huge logistics in Russia… We have already chartered two planes that can take 200 people from one place to another in Russia and that will take the NFF officials, backroom staff and other Nigerians at the World Cup in one capacity or another… Apart from that, the players are aware their money will be disbursed as agreed with them months ago. They are not going to lack anything and the least expected of them is to get the needed results.”

— Pinnick

Before the start of Nigeria’s World Cup campaign on June 16, the Super Eagles will take on England in an international friendly on June 2nd in London and Pinnick has revealed that the federation has secured a Super Jet that will take the Eagles to London and then to Australia for their final friendly against Czech Republic.

Nigeria will take on Croatia in match-day 1 of the World Cup finals on June 16 at the Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad, before the game against Iceland at the Volgograd Arena, Volgograd six days later.

The Super Eagles will play their final group game against long-term World Cup rivals Argentina on June 26 at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg.

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This article was first published on 22nd May 2018


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