There is a popular saying that Nigerians; particularly those of Igbo extraction, like money and Kelechi Iheanacho is giving credence to that, even though we all like cash.

The Leicester City forward has stressed the importance of being motivated monetarily ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia next month.

The NFF leadership signed a landmark agreement with the team on FIFA World Cup funds as far back as November last year, and the process is on to credit the account of the players with what is due to them, more than two weeks before their first match against Croatia in Kaliningrad.

"The most important thing about the World Cup is not the money. But I must admit that the fact that the money is there, and we know is there gives us extra energy, extra motivation in the preparations" Iheanacho told NFF's official website.

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Defensive stalwart Kenneth Omeruo, midfielders Ogenyi Onazi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Wilfred Ndidi and forward Odion Ighalo also admitted this much in separate interviews with

On Thursday night, at a brief event at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, Senate President Bukola Saraki spurred the team on with a cash gift of $50,000, and with a pledge of ‘special package’ for every unreplied goal at the World Cup finals in Russia.

As far as money is concerned, the Super Eagles are fully covered.