Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has said it will pay Francis Uzoho’s wages during his spell on the sidelines.
This is in line with FIFA’s Club Protection Programme, in which clubs whose players suffer injuries whilst on international duty are compensated with the maximum daily compensation pegged at €20,548.
The 20-year-old who plays for Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus but on loan from Deportivo La Coruna, suffered a fracture of the meniscus and the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee during Nigeria’s 1-1 draw with Brazil and will be out for six months.
The Brazil vs Nigeria friendly is recognized by FIFA as it was played on a date on the FIFA international match calendar and both teams did not field more than six substitutes each.
The compensation payable is based solely on the fixed salary that the club pays directly to the player as his employer and the temporary total disablement (TTD) suffered by the player has to prevent him from representing his club for more than 28 days before a claim can be processed.
Uzoho will undergo surgery in Spain by next week.
By Chineze Ogugua
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