The Nigerian Football Federation paid a win bonus of $10,000 to the Nigerian players for the draw against Iran, instead of the draw bonus of $5,000.
The bonus was reportedly paid immediately after the match.
The NFF reportedly made the decision to motivate the players to do better in their last two group games against Bosnia & Herzegovina and Argentina, according to The Daily Trust.
“Yesterday’s (Monday) game is a great set back to Nigeria and the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation. However, in an effort to motivate the players and ensure that Nigeria advance from the group, NFF paid the players what is supposed to be a winning bonus even though the team drew against Iran.
“The secretariat staff was ordered to pay each of the players 10,000 dollars, which in a normal case is a winning bonus, and the money was paid to them immediately after the match,” a source said to the newspaper.
The source also said that the coaching crew led by Stephen Keshi and other backroom staff were equally paid winning bonus for the match.
The Super Eagles will on Saturday take on Bosnia & Herzegovina at Arena Pantanal Cuiaba in their second Group F.