The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said it has paid in full, Super Eagles winning bonus despite playing draw in the Matchday 4 fixtures of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Yaounde.

Moses Simon put the Super Eagles ahead in the 30th minute before Vincent Aboubakar’s penalty restored parity for the Indomitable Lions.

Nigeria had beaten Cameroon 4-0 in the first leg earlier played on Friday.

President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick announced the full payment to the team on board the ARIK Air Bombadier CRJ 1000 aircraft that flew the Nigerian delegation back from Yaounde on Tuesday morning, as he applauded the team’s performance.

“When the draw was made last year, people said ours was the Group of Death. But you have stayed very much alive with scintillating performances and done the nation very proud.”

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Pinnick added that preparations for next month’s clash against the Chipolopolo of Zambia, at which the Super Eagles are highly expected to pick the World Cup ticket, has started in earnest.

“Even before the conclusion of this second match against Cameroon in Yaounde, we had started the arrangements for the match against Zambia. The Chairman of Organizing Committee (NFF 1st VP, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi) will travel to Uyo this week to see Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State and they will go through the check –list together.

“Nothing will be left to chance. It is a very big match, and the way things have turned out against Cameroon, it is now an even bigger match than the ones we played against Cameroon. There must be no room for error.”   

A win against Zambia on October 7 will confirm Nigeria’s place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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