World Cup: Sports minister intervenes in Super Eagles/NFA crisis over FIFA $8m

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ABUJA – The Sports Minister, Tamuno Danagogo, has intervened in the crisis between the Eagles and the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) over the eight million dollars allocation to the association by FIFA.
This is contained in a statement by Mr Taye Akinyemi, the Deputy Director Press, National Sports commission (NSC) Wednesday in Abuja.
It said the minister met with Maigari in Sao Paulo, Brazil and urged him to reach an agreement with the players in order to boost their morale at the .
“The welfare of the team should be paramount during the tournament and if we do not treat them well and make them happy, they just go into the tournament and perform badly.
“And they are the reasons why Nigeria is participating in the tournament, so, we should do everything within our powers to do our best for the team.
“But I will personally appeal to the players to put the interests of the first during the tournament,’’ the statement quoted Danagogo as saying.
The Super Eagles had protested to Maigari, demanding their own share of the money FIFA.
The Super Eagles have been drawn in Group F with Iran, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Argentina for the 2014 World Cup.
Their first match at the tournament is against Iran on June 16 before facing Bosnia-Herzegovina and Argentina in the second and third match on June 20 and June 25 respectively. (NAN)