As part of the restructuring going on in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), players of the Super Eagles and other national teams will no longer be paid dollar bonus. This is part of the recommendations of the Technical Committee of the NFF at its meting in Abuja on Tuesday.
A reliable source at the meeting disclosed that under the new regime, players will only be paid what is known as performance based bonus which will be tied to how they fared in any given championship.For instance during the qualifiers for the forthcoming Russia 2018 World Cup, Super Eagles players will no longer be paid the usual $10,000 dollars each as match bonus per match.
Rather the federation will tell them how much they stand to gain if they qualify for the tournament only and only if they pick the qualification ticket. They are also to be paid in Naira for any match played at home.
“We all agree that the revenue base of the federation is dwindling by the day and if you consider the new policy of the government on foreign exchange, you must agree that there is no way we can sustain the era of paying each Super Eagles player $10,000 dollars per match and when we fail to qualify for the tournament, the federation loses everything.
“Now we will be paying them based on their collective performance as a team like it is done in most other countries of the world.” Our source further revealed that Golden Eaglets players will no longer be paid match bonuses in foreign currencies.
According to our source, henceforth parents of the Eaglets will be made to sign an undertaking to attest to their real ages. That way as minors they are not supposed to be given huge sums of money. Instead they will be paid camp allowances while their parents will collect their bonuses in Naira on their behalf.