Tough times are ahead for the country’s national football team, the Super Eagles, with Chris Green, chairman of the technical subcommittee of the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) hinting of a possible pay cut for the national team players.
Super Eagles players earn as much as N.8m (five thousand dollars) as winning bonuses but Green said that is no longer sustainable.
According to him, the Super Eagles as a brand is not as marketable as it used to be hence the need for a downward review in the bonuses being paid to the players.
“We have actually set up a committee to look into the bonuses being paid to the national teams and we are still expecting the report. As for the Super Eagles its likely they get a pay cut” he said.
“Before now the Presidential Task Force helps with counterpart funding to pay the $5,000 bonus but they have since been phased out. Also the Super Eagles are no longer marketable as they use to be; until they start winning again and more sponsors begin to come in, there will have to be a pay cut,” Mr. Green said.
Only on Wednesday, the Eagles slipped further on the monthly FIFA rankings as the team moved from the previously occupied 43rd spot to 45th position.
The latest rankings thus put Nigeria in sixth place amongst football playing countries on the African continent; the worst placing in recent times.
Meanwhile, former international, Yisa Shofoluwe, believes if the pay cut is carried out it would expose those that chose to play for the country just because of monetary gain.
“Over time I have always said our players are over pampered. In our own days, it was more of the love to play for the country that drives us to play not money. I will not be surprised if some of the players decide to stay put in their European clubs if the pay cut policy is carried out.”
For another ex- Super Eagles defender, Efetobore Sodje, the NFF should not make any unilateral decision even if it finally decides to cut down on the bonuses.
“Whatever they want to do let them carry the players along, if it’s a genuine reason am sure the players too will support it,” Sodje said.