Nigeria’s senior national football team, the Super Eagles have reportedly rejected the Football Federation World Cup bonus proposal.
The proposal was turned down by members of the team since it is meant to be observed based on minutes played by a player rather than the blanket figures used in the past.
The Super Eagles have earned a total of $3 million as qualifying bonus for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. This is expected to be shared in accordance with call-ups and appearances.
Amaju Pinnick led NFF decision seems to be sounding the wrong note with the players as the proposal looked to cause upheaval in the relatively quiet Eagles set up of recent times.
“Mikel and the rest of the team out rightly booted out a proposal brought forward by one of the NFF vice-presidents that they should now be paid the bonus by the number of the minutes they played in the qualifiers,” an official told SCORENigeria.
“That would have meant some of the players who were called up but never got to play will not benefit from the bonus.”
Some of the players are of the view that the new proposal will negatively affect team spirit and should therefore be jettisoned.
The NFF must now seek for ways to calm frayed nerves and ensure that the positive vibes surrounding the Super Eagles doesn’t get destroyed on the way to Russia.
Match bonuses and money related issues had caused Nigeria dearly in the past in major tournaments; Russia must not be allowed to go the same route!