NFF Dispatch Golden Eaglets Without Paying Them Match Bonuses, Allowances
The Golden Eaglets returned from Brazil Thursday night following their elimination from the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup and the players’ woes were compounded as the Nigeria Football Federation did not give them a dime as they were sent home, Bestchoicesport.com.ng can report.
Newtelegraph correspondent reliably learnt that the players and their officials were dumbfounded after they were told to go to their respective destinations without getting any money from the NFF.
The players had hoped their winning bonuses and allowances would be cleared upon their arrival from Brazil but sources in the team informed Newtelegraph correspondent that they were thoroughly disappointed when the officials of the NFF only promised to get back to them. Saturday Telegraph reliably learnt that the players did not get a dime during the tournament in terms of allowances and bonuses despite winning their first two matches.
A source told Newtelegrapgh that it was so surprising that the NFF did not give the players money in Brazil despite the fact that the sports ministry provided enough funds to clear their bonuses and allowances up to the final.
“The ministry gave the NFF money for the competition; the minister personally facilitated the provision of the funds so that the kids would be comfortable during the competition but many of us were shocked when the NFF failed to give them money and told the players they would reach out to them later.
“Most of the lads would have been stranded but for the intervention of some individuals, I don’t want to mention their names, who helped out,” the source reliably told our correspondent.
Bestchoicsports.com.ng reported Thursday that the minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare had stated that the ministry will proble the team’s performance especially on the match bonouses and salaries.
“Nigeria’s performance at the Under -17 World Cup calls for a review. Indeed, our football administration at all levels calls for a review. We must exact greater responsibility from those charged with our football administration. Timely payment of salaries and allowances vital,” the minister said.