By Onochie Anibeze

Governor Rotimi Amaechi has bluntly said no to sports minister’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 Nigeria’s qualification for the 2010 World Cup had described the performance of the Eagles as “unacceptable”.

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.

 Engr. Sani Ndanusa, Sports Minister
Engr. Sani Ndanusa, Sports Minister

“Normally, 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,” our Task Force source said Tuesday night  adding, “the money has not been paid although the minister had directed that it be paid.”

Sani Ndanusa had told Bolaji Ojo-Oba, the NFF Secretary, to pay the players the full victory bonus.  In his thinking, that will  motivate them to win their remaining matches. The minister’s directive has been condemned nationwide.

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