The Nigeria Football Federation on Thursday denied being queried by
the National Sports Commission over the bonus issue of the Senior
National Team, Super Eagles.
NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu stated emphatically that
the NFF did not receive any query from the NSC over the matter,
clarifying that the Football House informed the Honourable
Minister/Chairman, National Sports Commission, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi
before taking the decision to slash the team’s bonus and downsize the
“We did not receive any query from the National Sports Commission.
Before taking the decision to slash the win-bonus and downsize the
team’s crew, we briefed the Honourable Minister.
“We are shocked like every Nigeria at the attitude of the players. It
is incomprehensible because the NFF President and myself sat down with
the Management of the Super Eagles, including Coach Stephen Keshi to
explain why we had to slash the bonus and other measures taken as a
result of our financial constraints.”
Super Eagles’ players shocked the entire nation on Thursday by
insisting they would not collect the new $5,000 win-bonus and refused
to leave their Country Club Hotel in Windhoek, Namibia for the onward
trip to the FIFA Confederations Cup tournament in Brazil.
Amadu added: “We are most grateful for the Honourable Minister for his
intervention in the matter, which means the team can now travel to
Brazil on Saturday and arrive in Belo Horizonte before the first match
against Tahiti on Monday.”
– Sola Rogers (Twitter – @solarogers), News Bytes Sports Desk