Former Super Eagles player, Jonathan Akpoborie has lent his voice to the bonus row between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), saying the football body must double the Eagles’ winning bonus, if indeed the body abolished the Eagles’ draw bonus.
Akpoborie, who took to his Twitter handle on Friday to express his opinion on the matter, wrote:
“All government officials in Nigeria have increase in allowances. Even the on-going ASUU strike. Please pay the players what they deserve. (Football is) the only thing that brings Nigerians together and we don’t want to pay for it. It’s shameful
“When I played I got 5000 (dollars) as bonus. That was 13 years ago. The cost of living is not the same again please. If you abolish the Super Eagles draw bonus, automatically, you must double the winning bonus too,” he wrote.
If you could remember, the Eagles refused to travel for the FIFA Confederations Cup held in Brazil from Windhoek after a 1-1 draw with Namibia as they demanded a $10,000 wining bonus while the NFF was only willing to pay half the amount.
Nigeria will host Malawi in a 2014 World Cup qualifier on September 7 and a win will see the African Champions qualify to the final stage of the CAF qualifiers.