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Ministerial panel fingers Keshi in bonus row

A probe panel on the Super Eagles bonus row has fingered coach Stephen Keshi as part of the embarrassment and said he should be warned.

The African champions almost failed to turn up for the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil in June after they insisted they be paid more than what the broke Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) planned to pay them for two World Cup qualifiers in Kenya and Namibia.

“Keshi was part of the problem as regards the bonus saga in Namibia. He stood to lose money if the bonus was slashed as proposed by the NFF and so he needs to be warned about his role in that ugly episode,” a top official told MTNFootball.com.

 

From Left: National Team Goalkeeper Trainer, Ike Shorunmu; Assistant Coach, Daniel  Amokachi, and Super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi during a media parley in Abuja
From Left: National Team Goalkeeper Trainer, Ike Shorunmu; Assistant Coach, Daniel Amokachi, and Super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi during a media parley in Abuja

The panel submited several ground breaking recommendations to the  sports minister in Abuja yesterday.

Among these revelations are –

1) No more cash payments for match bonuses to the national teams as has been the case. Players and officials will be paid through their banks.

2) Draw bonuses should be abolished. Players will only be paid bonuses for winning a game, while participation fees will be paid for all national team engagements.

3) Coaches will negotiate their bonuses and will be paid a lump sum as qualification bonuses henceforth and not match bonuses. This is to ensure that the coaches are more professional in the discharge of their duties and have set targets to meet.

4) A code of conduct be introduced for the national team. A draft of this has been produced by the panel.

5) The NFF must announce the match bonuses for all their matches at the start of each financial year.

 6) Cash bonuses should be discouraged for the country’s junior teams with the plan for a special pension fund to be opened for these players and such monies paid into such a fund.


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