NFF, Ea­gles sign land­mark agree­ment ahead Rus­sia 2018

Daily Trust - - OPINION - By Orkula Shaagee

@shagcy A his­toric and bind­ing agree­ment that will elim­i­nate all man­ner of ran­cour and dis­trac­tions around Nige­ria’s prepa­ra­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tion at the 21st FIFA World Cup fi­nals in Rus­sia was signed in the Rus­sian city of Krasnodar yes­ter­day morn­ing. The meet­ing to pre­pare the agree­ment was held on Sun­day night in the same city.

NFF Pres­i­dent Amaju Pin­nick, Vice Pres­i­dents Seyi Ak­in­wunmi and Shehu Dikko, Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Mohammed Sanusi and Tech­ni­cal and De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man Yusuf Ahmed Fresh rep­re­sented the NFF, while Tech­ni­cal Ad­viser Ger­not Rohr, Chief Coach Sal­isu Yusuf, Team Ad­min­is­tra­tor Enebi Achor and Cap­tain Mikel John Obi, Ahmed Musa, Ken­neth Omeruo and Wil­liam Ekong stood in for the team.

Be­fore the meet­ing, Pin­nick, who made an im­pres­sive re­mark at the FIFA World Cup Tro­phy Tour that made a stop in Krasnodar yes­ter­day, told that the NFF was de­ter­mined to, with the sin­gle agree­ment, put be­hind it all the crises and con­fronta­tions that had be­dev­illed African teams’ par­tic­i­pa­tion at the FIFA World Cup in the past.

At the end, NFF 2nd Vice Pres­i­dent/ Chair­man of Strate­gic Com­mit­tee Shehu Dikko said: “We have done it; we have con­cluded ne­go­ti­a­tions and come to agree­ment with the team as re­gards bonuses, al­lowances and share of in­come from FIFA for the 2018 World Cup. Ev­ery de­tail has been agreed on match bonus for each match and each round up to the Fi­nal as well as share of in­come from FIFA money for each round un­til the stage we are able to get to at the fi­nals.

“We also agreed on prepa­ra­tion, such as how much play­ers will be paid for the friendly matches, in­clud­ing how and when the monies would be paid. We even delved into how the NFF would ap­ply the funds due to it from FIFA af­ter pay­ing the play­ers their share.”

Pin­nick and Sanusi signed for the NFF while Ger­not Rohr and Sal­isu Yusuf signed for the tech­ni­cal crew and Cap­tain Mikel Obi and Ahmed Musa signed for the play­ers.

“The agree­ment rep­re­sents the full and fi­nal un­der­stand­ing be­tween the NFF and the team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Rus­sia and not sub­ject to re­view or ne­go­ti­a­tions, ex­cept there is a re­view by FIFA of what it has ap­proved and pub­lished as prize money for the par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries.

“We have opted for this in­ter­na­tional best prac­tice in order to fully mo­ti­vate the team and en­sure there are no dis­trac­tions or dis­con­tent be­fore and dur­ing the tour­na­ment,” Dikko added.

It is the first time in the his­tory of Nige­ria’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in in­ter­na­tional cham­pi­onships that a for­mal agree­ment be­tween the Fed­er­a­tion and the team is doc­u­mented, and the ma­jor ac­tors see this as a cat­a­lyst for the Su­per Ea­gles’ best per­for­mance ever at the FIFA World Cup. It can also be re­called that the NFF en­sured there was no dis­trac­tion over bonuses and al­lowances for the team dur­ing the qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign, with the Su­per Ea­gles eas­ily dom­i­nat­ing a so­called ‘Group of Death.’

“We are very happy and ex­cited with this de­vel­op­ment. This is the first time since I started play­ing for the se­nior team that I would see ev­ery­thing re­gard­ing prepa­ra­tion and bonuses and al­lowances put down in black and white and a bind­ing agree­ment ex­e­cuted. It is re­as­sur­ing that we now have a Fed­er­a­tion lead­er­ship so com­mit­ted to mak­ing ev­ery­thing work that they ar­ranged this meet­ing and al­lowed the play­ers to con­trib­ute and then set out to sign the agree­ment,” Cap­tain Mikel Obi said.

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