The NFF denied being queried by the Sports Minister.
The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, on Thursday denied being queried by the National Sports Commission over the bonus controversy of the Super Eagles.
The NFF General Secretary, Musa Amadu, said the association did not receive any query from the commission over the matter, clarifying that the football administrators informed the Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Bolaji Abdullahi, before taking the decision to slash the team’s bonus and downsize the technical crew.
“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,” Mr. Amadu was quoted in a statement by The NFF spokesman, Demola Olajire.
The Super Eagles players on Thursday rejected the new $2,500 draw and $5,000 win bonus offered by the football administration. The bonuses were slashed from the initial $5,000 and $10,000 for draw and win respectively.
The players refused to leave their Country Club Hotel in Windhoek, Namibia for the onward trip to the FIFA Confederations Cup tournament in Brazil. They boycotted and missed the flight to Brazil on Thursday.
Mr. Amadu said Mr. Abdullahi’s intervention has ensured that the players will now travel on Saturday. He, however, did not disclose how much the players were eventually paid.
“We are most grateful to 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.”