AS the Super Eagles step out on Monday for their
first World Cup match against Iran, there are fears
that the deficit in agreement for the appearance fee
of the players may dash whatever hope Nigerians
have for the national team to do well in Brazil 2014.
The Super Eagles tabled their grievances to the
Senate President, David Mark when he came visiting
them on Friday. The players said that they will not
accept anything less than the $75,000 about N12.2m
appearance fee paid to each of their Ghanaian
counterparts by the Ghana Football Association.
Also, the Eagles requested that the NFF relocate
them from their Victoria Concept hotel in Campinas,
which they described as isolated and it makes them
look like prisoners unlike other World Cup teams
whose Federations lodged them in better and more
Sports Vanguard gathered that Senate President
David Mark who listened with rapt attention as the
players reeled out their grievances thereafter berated
the NFF for not promptly settling the issue of
appearance fees as was the case with other
Federations like the Ghana Football Association.
The Senate President thereafter appealed to the
coaches and the players to put aside anything that
would constitute a distraction to them in the World
Cup and focused on winning the World Cup
reassuring them of the determination of President
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to give them the necessary
support in the tournament to make Nigeria proud.
NFF President Aminu Maigari we gathered had to
sign an agreement with the team promising that
they will not get anything less than the Black Stars of
Sports Minister, Dr Tammy Danagogo who was in
attendance at the no-holds-barred meeting urged the
team to do everything possible to make an
impressive outing in the tournament.
Present at the meeting were Governor Liyel Imoke of
Cross River State; Dr. Danagogo; Senator Bala
Mohammed, minister of the Federal Capital Territory
(FCT); Chief Edem Duke, minister of culture and
tourism; Mr. Boni Haruna, minister of youths and
social development; Senator Gumba, Chairman
Senate Committee on Sports; Hon. Godfrey Gaiya,
Chairman House Committee on Sports, Alhaji
Maigari, and other executive members of the NFF.
Nigeria will earn over $9 million about (N1.4b) or
qualification and participation in the first round of
the Brazil World Cup. If the Eagles fly into the second
round more money would also be paid.