Coach Stephen Keshi pocketed a total of $300,000 when he led Nigeria to the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, AfricanFootball.com has exclusively gathered.
‘Big Boss’ Keshi is on double the win bonus of the players and on that account, he received a total of $260,000 as appearance fee for the World Cup after the team agreed to pay each player $10,000 per game, covering both the qualifiers and the World Cup itself.
A total of 13 matches were considered and it was on that basis that the likes of Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide and Godfrey Oboabona each netted $130,000 as appearance fee.
Therefore, the least a player received was $10,000 for playing a qualifier.
Keshi’s World Cup jackpot also included an additional $40,000 being match bonus for the win over Bosnia, the draw with Iran and the loss to Argentina.
Keshi’s assistant Daniel Amokachi earned $195,000 as appearance fee as he earns 50% more than the players.
The federal government shipped $3.6 million through the sports minister on a Presidential jet on the eve of the round-of-16 match against France.
Arguments and counter arguments about how the cash was to be shared meant that the entire squad stayed up till 2am local time and eight hours later they were on their way to the stadium for the match they eventually lost 2-0 to crash out of Brazil 2014.