As the Super Eagles step out against Iran in their opening game of the 2014 Brazil World Cup, Nigeria Football Federation officials and those of the Super Eagles have pleaded with the media and mischief makers to allow peace reign, so that the players can concentrate on the task at hand.
NFF Technical Committee Chairman, Mr Chris Green, who is in Curitiba with the team, alongside Federation President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari and other board members, said it was disheartening to learn that some people were still hammering on the long settled issue of bonuses and appearance fees for the players.
“When the Senate President, Dr David Mark came here to meet with us and the players, he was totally convinced at our sincerity with the players and what we have on board as the team progresses but some people are just hell bent on ensuring that they raise issues that don’t even exist,” he said.
Green explained that the NFF has agreed with the players to pay $10,000 winning bonus for first round games, $12,500 for second round game, $15,000 for quarter final and $20,000 for semi-final. That will also increase marginally to $25,000 if the team wins the trophy.
The percentage earnings from monies that may accrue to the players from what FIFA gives to the NFF was also put at 30 percent for the group stages, 40 for the second round, 50 for the quarter final, 60 for the semi-final and 70 percent for the final. “When we unveiled this before the President of the Senate who represented President Goodluck Jonathan, he was full of praises for us and promised that he will add a special bonus from government to the players and promised further surprises if the team goes far in the tourney.”
Team Coach Stephen Keshi also warned against distracting the team from its set goals, declaring that his players are focused on the game against Iran and will not tolerate any form of distraction.
“The players may have issues but I think they have been settled amicably, so let them allow us to play.”
Assistant Skipper, Vincent Enyeama said his teammates know what is at stake in the World Cup and will not allow personal need or greed to override national interest.
“We are ready for Iran and that is what is on our minds at the moment, every other thing will be settled after this competition.”