Nigeria players promised huge goal bonus ahead of AFCON semi-final

Nigeria face Algeria in the Africa Cup of Nations semifinal on Sunday and the Super Eagles players stand to win huge goal bonuses.

Nigeria Players threatened to strike in the build-up to the tournament.   -  Twitter: @thenff

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed players will receive a massive bonus for Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations semi-final against Algeria.

Reports suggest Nigerian business magnates Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola will finance the fund, which comes after a lengthy row between the Super Eagles players and the NFF over unpaid bonuses and allowances.

Players threatened to strike in the build-up to the tournament and then refused to appear for the pre-match news conference ahead of a Group B match against Guinea due to unpaid bonuses following their 1-0 win over Burundi.

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A statement on NFF's official Twitter account said: "More Nigerians make cash pledge to boost the Super Eagles' morale, with two business moguls promising to give the team $50,000 each for every goal scored against Algeria."

Nigeria reached the semifinals by beating South Africa 2-1 in a closely contested quarterfinal, with William Troost-Ekong scoring the winner in the 89th minute.