Former coach of Golden Eaglets, John Obuh, has urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to restore the payment of bonus and allowance of all underage national teams as part of the motivation.

The NFF sometime last year stopped the payment of bonuses and allowances to all Underage teams including Golden Eaglets, Flying Eagles, and the Nigerian U-23 squad the Dream Team.

Reacting to the poor performance of Flying and Golden Eaglets in their separate West African Football Union (WAFU) Cup competitions in the Benin Republic and Togo respectively, Obuh said restoring payment of match bonus and allowance will enhance their confidence and commitment as some of the players are breadwinners in their family.

“In fact, to be honest with you, having gone through such stages, these players, if you see what they do with the bonus and allowances they receive. You will find out that in Nigeria, there is so much load on the shoulders of any national team player irrespective of their ages.

At their tender age, they have become the breadwinners of their families, even if they’re the third or fourth child, they have automatically become the breadwinner of the family.

He, however, advised players not to put monetary value ahead of their career.

“I think if they can restore that kind of decision, by restoring their wages and the allowances, that will go a long way to actually help the players’ confidence. But having said that, they should as well try to understand that sometimes putting the monetary value at the beginning of their career may jeopardize their career.

They should not put too much interest in money at an earlier stage and at the same they should be compensated for whatever they do for their country.”


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