The Federal Govern-ment has set up a panel to probe the crisis over match  bonus in Super Eagles camp after their World Cup qualifier in Namibia June 12.

Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commission, Bolaji Abdullahi yesterday appointed a five-member panel, to be chaired by Segun Adeniyi, the former spokesman of late President Yar’Adua and now the  Chairman of the Editorial Board of Thisday Newspaper.

Spain’s forward Fernando Torres heads the ball to score against Nigeria during their FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group B football match, at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza on June 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE

They have a mandate to determine the immediate and remote causes of the crisis over the match bonus, develop  a code of conduct for players on national assignments and proffer  other recommendations that may be deemed necessary.

The other members of the panel, which is to be inaugurated by the NSC chairman on July 11, include the Group Sports Editor of Vanguard, Onochie Anibeze, female sports journalist, Aisha Falode, sports consultant, Shehu Dikko and a former spokesman of President Olusegun Obsasanjo and Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Ayo Ohuntokun..

The Sports Minister said the panel has two weeks from the day of inauguration to submit its report.

It is recalled that Super Eagles players had rejected the allowance approved for them by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) after two away games with the national teams of Kenya and Namibia as part of the qualification for the World Cup. As a result of the protest, the footballers initially refused to board the plane for Brazil to participate in the FIFA Confederations Cup.

The NFF had offered to pay $5000 for a win and $2500 for a draw, but the players insisted on getting $10,000 for a win and $5000 for a draw. The stalemate was broken by the intervention of the Honourable Minister who got additional funds to make up for the shortfall proposed by the NFF.


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