Malawi will receive $500-a-man as bonus if they upset Nigeria on Saturday to qualify for the final round of the World Cup qualifiers.
This was over 500% increase from the usual $85 dollars win bonus The Flames receive.
Malawi Belgian coach, Tom Saintfiet disclosed to MTNFootball.com on arrival in Abuja on Thursday: “My boys would be going home with a winning bonus of $500 compared to the $85 they received before.
“I don’t think the motivation for the players is the money, but national pride. I am surprised when I hear that players of your Super Eagles are discussing money and winning bonus.”
Malawi could not stage a proper training camp before this match because of the financial problems facing Football Association of Malawi (FAM).
Saintfiet said he remained bullish about his team’s chances on Saturday in Calabar despite the 1-0 loss they suffered in their final warm-up game
“We made many changes (in that game) and really we are not worried about that result,” he defended.
“I’m focused on winning this match, though there was no cash for a training camp.
“We work with what we have, going by our financial limits, but I believe we will be ready for the match on Saturday.”