Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, has disclosed that the executive board of the federation decided to stop paying match bonuses to age-grade national football teams in Nigeria because the players are still developing at those levels.
“I will not pay match bonuses to male and female Under-20, or Under-17male and female. They are supposed to still be developing at those levels.
“England won the Under-20 World Cup, no Prime Minister went to wait for them at the airport, there was no open-roof parade on the streets of London”, he said.
The board last week, in a Communique after its Annual General Meeting in Jos, revealed that only the Super Eagles and Super Falcons will henceforth be entitled to bonuses after each game.
It added that all other age-based national teams, including the Under-23 team, will receive daily camp allowances and bonuses at the end of a successful qualifying campaign, as well as during a tournament.
The decision by the board has however caused ripples among football stakeholders in the country.
By Oluwafemi Ashaolu