Some local coaches have condemned the decision of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to stop paying match bonuses to cadet teams in the country.
NFF bigwigs took the decision after a meeting in Asaba this week, abolishing match bonuses for the national U-23 and other age-grade teams like the Golden Eaglets, the Flying Eagles as well as the Flamingoes and Falconets.
Reacting to then development, a coach with one of the junior national teams told Daily Trust that the decision may have a negative effect on the performance of the players and officials who sacrifice a lot to win laurels for the country.
According to him the NFF should have known that some of the players as young as they may be are the bread winners for their families.
He maintained that apart from the players, the take home pay of the handlers of the cadet national teams is usually nothing to write home about.
“I received the news with shock and disappointment. I don’t think they really want to encourage the players and coaches of these youth teams,” he said.
“Although the money is usually small, it goes a long way in helping the families of these players and their officials.
“Imagine how much even the coaches are paid as salaries which is often times irregular and then they have decided to do away with match bonuses. This decision will not help the growth of Nigerian football.”