NFF and Mikel Disagree over Bonus Proposal
Players of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, led by team captain, John Mikel Obi have rejected NFF’s bonus proposal aimed at seeing players rewarded based on minutes played during World Cup qualifiers.
According to SCORENigeria, the players rejected the offer as they felt the ‘pay based on minutes played’ proposal isn’t good for team unity.
Also, the source, according to SCORENigeria, said Mikel and the players turned down the proposal as some players who got a call up(s) but didn’t get to play any minute will miss out from the $3m available for the Super Eagles’ players.
Instead of the ‘pay-per-minute,’ the players have rather agreed on $3m qualifying bonus price which will be shared amongst the players according to their appearances and call-ups.
The source, as quoted by The Nation said: “Mikel and the rest of the team out rightly booted out in a proposal brought forward by one of the NFF Vice Presidents that they should now be paid the bonus by the number of the minutes they played in the qualifiers.
“That would have meant some of the players who were called up but never get to play will not benefit from the bonus.”
“To be paid according to playing time will bring desperation in the team, desperation in the team, against team spirit and the players rejected this.”
Players to Get $15,000 for a Win in Russia
The Nigeria Football Federation had been reported to have decided that $15, 000 will be pocketed by the players as win bonus in the group stage of next year’s World Cup in Russia.
Reports had it that the players won’t receive any bonus for a draw or loss. But sources said the NFF were working on a formula to compensate the players for a draw or loss.