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Eagles bonus row lights up again

05 September 2013, 14:31

Abuja  - Alhaji Aminu Maigari, the chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said on Wednesday in Abuja that the Super Eagles would receive the usual US$5 000 dollars as win bonus if they overcome Malawi on Saturday.

The Super Eagles will play host to the Flames of Malawi in a return-leg of the 2014 FIFA World cup qualifier scheduled to take place in Calabar.

The first leg had ended 1-1 apiece in Blantyre, Malawi, in June.

Maigari told newsmen in Abuja at a news conference that the Eagles bonus row has been over-flogged.

He said that the ministerial committee set up to investigate the matter should forge the way forward.

The NFF boss, however, noted that while the report was in progress, the football house would pay the Eagles “their normal five thousand dollars win bonus.”

“You know just of recent, the minister set up a panel to investigate, advise and come out with a resolution on the bonus row,” Maigari said.

“So let us give them the benefit of doubt to work. But as far as the NFF is concerned, we are paying our normal five thousand dollars winning bonus,’’ he added.

Meanwhile, Godfrey Gaiya, the chairman of the house of representatives committee on sports has advised the NFF not to be quick in implementing the report of the ministerial committee on the bonus row. He said the Eagles should be paid a US$10 000 win bonus for the qualifier.

Gaiya also said the NFF was trying to jeopardise Nigeria’s chances of qualifying for the World Cup.

“We are advising that whatever the report contains should be kept aside so that this match will be implemented with the existing system,” he said.

“The win bonus for now is 10 000 dollars and when they win we expect that money to be paid to them, nothing has changed from what it used to be even though there is a report on the minister’s table.”

Gaiya advised the NFF to always be proactive in matches of such magnitude, adding that the players should be motivated to give their best in the match.

“I believe that motivation is directly proportional to performance. 10 000 dollars should not be an issue to jeopardise our chances of qualifying,” Gaiya said.

“A motivated player will be willing to go there and kill himself because he knows there is something to pocket home at the end of 90 minutes.”



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