By Ben Efe
The President TaskForce has left the Nigeria Football Federation in the lurch in the payment of winning bonus of the Eagles who crawled into the Nations Cup 2010 semi-final Monday.
The NFF failed to pay the 30, 000 dollars bonus promised the Eagles for reaching the knock out stage as it had no cash to back up the pledge. NFF officials disclosed in Angola that PTF could not meet its offer to dole out a share of the total sum meant to offset the winning bonus.
Each player of the national team were to recieve 30,000 dollars each for advancing to the knockout stage and a further 12,500 dollars for beating Zambia in the quarter-finals.
The NFF and the PTF were to share the payment of the bonus. It was gathered yesterday that NFF had not received any money from the PTF.
NFF accountant returned to Nigeria after the team reached the quarter-final to raise funds, but it is not clear if the players would be paid before they play Ghana on Thursday in the semi-finals.
The PTFâ€™s straight-faced attitude is not unconnected with claims by NFF officials that the presence of the PTF was causing a distraction to the team in Angola. NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire made the claim in a release after members of the PTF left Angola after the Eaglesâ€™ game against Benin Republic.
A no love lost relationship existed between the NFF and the PTF set up by the presidency to aid Nigeriaâ€™s qualification for the 2010 World Cup. But the NFF headed by Sanni Lulu felt that the PTF was over stepping its boundaries, by insisting on hiring a foreign coach for the Eagles.