The NFF technical committee has recommended that the Super Eagles winning bonus of $10,000 and the salaries and allowances of the various national team coaches be reviewed .
Speculations were rife at the Glass House yesterday that the winning bonus will now be pegged at $5,000. The number of coaches and backroom staff of the various national teams will also be pruned to a more manageable one.
The Eagles, for instance, have five coaches including three assistant coaches and a total of 17 backroom staff members.
“The (technical) committee regretted the financial situation that has also necessitated the pegging of bonuses, review of allowances and salaries of coaches of the national teams,” read an official statement from the NFF.
A press statement issued at the end of a marathon meeting of the Technical Committee of the NFF gave a hint of the cash crunch situation in the federation.
“Based on the parlous financial situation that the Nigeria Football Federation currently finds itself, the committee has also recommended the staff auditing of the technical crew and backroom staff of all the national teams. The committee regretted the financial situation that has also necessitated the pegging of bonuses, review of allowances and salaries of coaches of the National Teams.”
Nigerian sports minister, Bolaji Abdullahi has disclosed that the NFF has spent at least half of its annual budget on the recent Nations Cup in South Africa and would therefore need to step up their marketing drive so as to stay afloat for the remainder of the year.