The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced that players and officials of age-grade National Teams will be paid only qualification bonus.
This was one of the decisions taken by the Executive Committee at the board meeting held in Asaba on Tuesday, in which the financial hopes of six arms of the national teams were dashed.
With this resolution, the U-17, U-20, U-23 male and female national teams will no longer enjoy benefits such as match bonus as well as camp allowances.
The communiqué conveying the decision reads “Board re-in-forced an earlier resolution that youth competitions are developmental, and that only qualification bonus would be paid to players and officials of age -grade National Teams.
“In addition, the Board resolved to closely monitor the age -grade National Teams (U15, U17 & U20) in order to ensure that the coaches follow the Board’s mandate to have players graduating from the NFF/Zenith Bank Future Eagles Program, and in that wise resolved to closely monitor the current U20 squad.”
The issue of match bonus has been a thorn in the side of officials down the years, particularly with the NFF cash-strapped at a point.
It remains to be seen how this latest regime will affect the performances of the age-grade teams going forward.