Twenty-nine members of the U-23 National team have been paid their camp allowance for the first 11 days.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, disclosed this after his parley with the team following their 1-0 victory over Sweden on Monday.
The players are entitled to $150 daily camp allowance. Each player received $1, 650 being allowances for 11 days.
The minister said the upfront payment was to ensure that the players are focused and well motivated. He promised that all entitlements would be given to all athletes before the end of the Games.
“All your camp allowances have been budgeted for. There will be no story telling during this Games. You will get all your allowances and entitlements, as we don’t want any distractions. We want you to remain focused. You have established that you’re great men and determined to conquer, despite all odds. There can’t be any other sacrifice more than this,” Dalung said.
The Minister will be in Sao Paolo to cheer the Dream Team today against Colombia at the Arena Corinthians for their last Group B match. The game comes up at 11pm Nigerian time.