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Cash And Players Input

MALLAM BOLAJI ABDULLAHI- MINISTER OF SPORTSNigerian footballers have come of age, not compromising with cash and their profession. Its common to witness these days  that Nigerian players embark on strike over unpaid salaries, bonuses and match allowances at the national levels.

At the time of filing in this piece, Nigeria Super Eagles players are having rows with the Nigeria Football Federation over unpaid match allowances and bonuses. This occur in different guise when sometimes the players are right, sometimes they are just being callous to hold the nation to ransome because of past experiences they have encountered with the football authority.

While one may blame the players, let the truth be said, the players earn their living through playing football and welfare. And if the football authority failed to fulfill their agreed amount with the players, it affects the players moral to play for the desired result for the country.

In most occasions, the players were short changed. This the players says no.

Here in Port Harcourt, Dolphins of Port Harcourt players were short changed of their last football season sign-on-fees. The same thing happened with the Vincent Enyeama captained super Eagles squad that prosecuted the Brazil confederation cup competition were the agreed amount was sliced down by the authority concerned.

Each time this happen the players will resort to embarking on strike. The image of the country become staggering in an international competition. Boycotting of scheduled matches for the country will be grounded as the players are not ready to honour such matches.

This situation has never helped Nigeria clubside and the Dolphins of Port Harcourt as they lost out of their continental competition because of unpaid fees at that time. Similar scenario seem playing out as The Newswriter sports desk gathered that Dolphins players are threatening not to prosecute her federation cup unless the players sign-on-fees are duely completed for them.

The same scenario is playing out with the super eagles at the national level. The Super eagles players have without hesitation spoken their minds through their captain, Vincent Enyeama, that if the players match allowances and bonuses are not paid to them promptly, they may not honour their south Africa schedule friendly football match. ###

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