By Onochie Anibeze
Governor Rotimi Amaechi has bluntly said no to sports ministerâ€™s directive that Green Eagles players be paid a winning bonus for the 2-2 draw against Tunisia on Sunday.
Amaechi who is the chairman of the Presidential Task Force for Nigeriaâ€™s qualification for the 2010 World Cup had described the performance of the Eagles as â€œunacceptableâ€.
We gathered that he totally condemned the lack of fighting spirit of the Eagles and has said that the Task Force would not subscribe to paying Eagles $10,000 as they did in Tunisia when they played a goalless draw.
â€œNormally, the Football Federation pays their normal bonus of $5,000 and the Task Force pays theirs and that makes it up to $10,000. But this time, Governor Amaechi says he would not be part of paying a winning bonus to the players,â€ our Task Force source said Tuesday nightÂ adding, â€œthe money has not been paid although the minister had directed that it be paid.â€
Sani Ndanusa had told Bolaji Ojo-Oba, the NFF Secretary, to pay the players the full victory bonus.Â In his thinking, that willÂ motivate them to win their remaining matches. The ministerâ€™s directive has been condemned nationwide.