The Qatar 2022 World Cup is already building, with just 45 days before the most significant international football festival draws near.
In search of its seventh World Cup appearance ticket, the Super Eagles were knocked out by bitter rivals Black Stars of Ghana in the ultimate African qualifiers for the Mundial.
An early goal from Thomas Party in Abuja was enough to secure the Ghanaians’ place in Qatar, as they beat Nigeria 1-1 on aggregate on the away goal rule.
William Troost-Ekong’s penalty was not enough to stop the Black Stars from recording a famous result on enemy territory, with aggrieved going berserk and wreaking havoc on facilities at the newly renovated Moshood Abiola National Stadium.
The failure is still very fresh in the hearts of millions of football-loving Nigerian fans who follow the Eagles passionately.
FIFA hasn’t held back when it comes to prize money for World Cups in recent years, and 2022 is no different — with huge sums up for grabs.
The football body has allocated $440m in prize money for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
This is an increase of $40m compared to the 2018 tournament, while just $358m in prize money was offered at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
While a significant sum, FIFA’s revenue budget of $4.6bn in 2022, with broadcasting rights set to contribute $2.6bn alone in income.
With so much prize money on offer, every side will walk away from Qatar significantly richer.