The Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, Coaches and Super Eagles players, have signed a ‘binding agreement’, that will eliminate rancour and distractions in the build up to the 2018 World Cup and during the tournament.
The agreement signed on Tuesday in Krasnodar, Russia, before the Super Eagles’ 4-2 come back win over Argentina, is regarding the payment of bonuses, allowances, and the sharing of income from the World Cup next year between the parties.
Shehu Dikko, second vice-President of the NFF, and Chairman of the Strategic Committee, confirmed the signing to nff.com.
“We have done it, we have concluded negotiations and come to agreement with the team as regards bonuses, allowances and sharing of income from FIFA for the 2018 World Cup.
Every detail has been agreed on match bonus for each game and each round, up to the final, as well as share of income from FIFA money for each round until the state we are able to get to at the finals”, he said.
Amaju Pinnick, the NFF President, and Mohammed Sanusi, NFF Secretary-General, signed on behalf of the federation. Coach Gernot Rohr and his assistant, Salisu Yusuf, signed for the coaches, while captain John Mikel Obi and Ahmed Musa, signed on behalf of the players.
Mikel Obi, who could not hide his happiness, commended the federation for the landmark initiative. “We are very happy and excited with this development. This is the first time since I started playing for the senior team that I would see everything regarding preparation and bonuses and allowances put down in black and white,” he stated.
It would be recalled that in France 1998, and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Super Eagles players threatened to boycott trainings and matches in protests over non-payment of bonuses and allowances. Nigeria however, did not make it beyond the second rounds.