Minister sets up panel to probe Eagles’ bonus row


The Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, has set up a panel to probe the crisis over match allowance involving players of the Super Eagles in Namibia.
The footballers had rejected the allowance approved for them by the Nigerian Football Federation 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 $5,000 for a win and $2,500 for a draw, but the players insisted on getting $10,000 for a win and $5,000 for a draw.
The stalemate was broken by the intervention of the Minister who got additional funds to make up for the shortfall proposed by the NFF.
The panel will be chaired Segun Adeniyi.
Adeniyi is Chairman of Thisday Editorial Board and former Special Adviser to late President Umar Yar’Adua.
He was also a member of the Presidential Task Force, which was set up to ensure Nigeria’s qualification for the 2010 World Cup.
Other members of the panel are: Onoche Anibeze (Group Sports Editor, Vanguard), Aisha Falode (Female Sports Personality), Shehu Dikko (Member of the League Management Company) and Ayo Oshuntokun (Former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria).
The terms of reference of the panel are 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 make any other recommendation that may be deemed necessary
The panel would be inaugurated July 11.
It has two weeks to submit its report.