Sports Minister summons Nigerian football officials over Super Eagles bonus row

Super Eagles of Nigeria
Super Eagles of Nigeria

The Super Eagles had refused to travel to Brazil for the Confederations Cup.

The controversy surrounding the bonus row of the Super Eagles is expected to be the main agendum at a meeting between the Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdullahi, and top officials of the Nigerian Football Federation.

The meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Monday.

A source among the invitees said the minister had expressed concern about a PREMIUM TIMES report where officials had questioned Mr. Abdullahi’s intervention in the bonus row as a usurpation of the NFF’s duties.

The meeting is expected to be attended by the NFF President, Aminu Maigari; Secretary General of the NFF, Musa Amadu; other board members of the federation; as well as the Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi.

Players of the Super Eagles had refused to travel for the Confederations Cup in Brazil after their match bonuses were reduced by 50 per cent: from $10, 000 to $5,000 for a win and from $5,000 to $2,500 for a draw.

An intervention by the minister, who said he sourced for additional funds to pay the old wages, led to the players eventually travelling for the competition; although some of the footballers latter told PREMIUM TIMES that they only got the NFF approved allowance.

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