Broke Nigeria FA have said they will not back down on slashing the win-bonus of the country’s team “no matter the amount of blackmail”.
The Super Eagles flight to Brazil for the FIFA Confederations Cup earlier this month was delayed after the players staged a protest against a cut in their match bonuses.
The general secretary of the Nigeria football Federation (NFF), Musa Amadu, said there is no going back on a decision to slash the bonuses because the association is cash-strapped.
“Even at $5,000, the Super Eagles remain among the best-paid national teams in Africa. It is a decision of the NFF Executive Committee, taken after thorough deliberation, and we cannot go back on it no matter the amount of blackmail,” said Amadu
“The NFF have gone to great length to explain the situation that we have found ourselves and we expect those who should have an understanding of this matter to give dispassionate opinion.
The top NFF official also dismissed a report credited to Kano Pillars chairman Abba Yola, who was until recently a former special assistant to the director general of National Sports Commission, hat there
is a policy on the payment of $10,000 bonus for the players.
“We are surprised to read the statement by Abba Yola. He was involved enough to know exactly what went on in the days of the Presidential Task Force. The task force had a meeting with the NFF and said they had agreed to increase the team’s win-bonus to $10,000, but that the NFF would only need to pay the normal $5,000 while the task force paid the balance of $5,000,” Amadu further said.
“I have not seen it anywhere that it is written or captured as policy of the Nigeria Football Federation.
The present NFF administration came into office to meet the situation of $10,000 and with good intention, decided to continue paying the players that sum in order to motivate them.
He added: “Now that we are challenged and we need to cut our coat according to our cloth, I don’t see why all the hoopla about the slash.