It is very demeaning to say the least on the recent reports reaching us concerning the money paid to the FIFA World Cup U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets.
It is said that the members of the Golden Eaglets are still in shock after the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF handed them a ‘princely’ sum of N20, 000 each before they dispersed in Abuja last Thursday.
One of the players allegedly said: “It’s surely not the best way to treat heroes. The money they gave us could not even fetch us flight tickets to take us home to see our loved ones.’’
Another player said on phone yesterday: “I’ve heard about how badly players have been treated in the past. I didn’t think ours would come so soon. I am still, however, grateful to God we came home with the trophy. The victory has opened new doors of opportunity which we are already exploring.’’
NFF should be carrying out activities to encourage players so the kind of results gotten from the golden eaglets during the FIFA U-17 World Cup would occur often, but with this act, I sincerely doubt that.