10 August 2013

Nigeria: Super Eagles Bonus Pegged At $5000

The committee probing the recent bonus row in the Super Eagles has recommended the win bonus for the team be pegged at $5,000-a-man.

The committee, which is expected to present its findings to the country's sports minister next week, also recommended a formal code of conduct to be signed by all players in the national team.

"The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are no longer in a position to pay $10,000 each for a win and that is why the committee has recommended we should revert to the status quo of $5,000 before the 2010 World Cup Presidential Task Force supplemented the bonus," a top official said.

A code of conduct will also be introduced to the Eagles, which will clearly spell out what is expected of both players and the NFF.

The code of conduct is in force in countries like England and Germany and even though several national team coaches including current handler Stephen Keshi have been averse to this rule book, the committee has recommended it be enforced in the Eagles.

In 1994, only a handful of players led by Mutiu Adepoju agreed to sign a code of conduct tabled by the NFF.

In June, the African champions stayed put in Namibia and refused to board a flight to the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil until they were paid full bonuses for a win and a draw in Kenya and Namibia, respectively.

The Presidency had to make available a shortfall of $7,500-a-player with sports minister Bolaji Abdullahi having to personally cart the cash to Brazil for the players.

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