The World football governing body, FIFA has confirmed payment of national associations and clubs whose players participated at the World Cup in Russia.
In Nigeria, the clubs include both Enyimba FC and FC Ifeanyi Ubah receiving shares for the involvement of Ikechukwu Ezenwa in the World Cup.
The payment is meant for clubs Under the FIFA Club Benefits Programme, and a total of USD 209 million will be paid out to 416 clubs from 63 member associations, which represents a significant increase of almost 200 percent compared to the previous edition.
Despite not being in action in any of the Eagles’ matches, Ikechukwu Ezenwa has brought in the country a dividend of $237,720 which will be paid to both Enyimba and Ifeanyi Ubah through the Nigeria Football Federation.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino noted that the clubs deserve to share in the success of the competition as they were key contributors to the World Cup itself.
The FIFA World Cup is the pinnacle of football, generating passion and emotion from every player and every fan in every part of the world.
It is FIFA’s responsibility to redistribute the revenues of this unique competition among the entire football community, and clubs, obviously, deserve to share in this success as they were key contributors.
Infantino concluded by saying, I’m very pleased to see that teams from so many different regions will benefit from this programme, which will be a motivational tool to developing football even further around the globe.
The biggest earner in Africa was Egypt which received $2,712,555.00.