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NFF Should Prioritise Eagles’ Welfare – Dosu

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Posted: May 13, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuike Chukwu

LAGOS – The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been tasked to give priority attention to the welfare of both playing and non-playing staff of the Super Eagles if Nigerians are to see a new era in the team.
Dosu Joseph, former Super Eagles goalkeeper, dropped the hint in a chat with Independent, saying sports in general have become a big business where the various stakeholders are highly motivated.
Emphasizing more on what he meant by motivation, the Atlanta 1996 Olympic gold medalist stressed that it may not necessarily be monetary incentive, insisting that the football house should provide enabling environment for players during national assignments.
“After our failure to qualify for the Cup of Nations again, it is now the duty of the NFF to make sure that a new era is berthed in the team. The era of poor attitude to the welfare of players should be in the past,” he said.
Continuing, the former Regianna of Italy goalkeeper said even though he believes that wearing the green and white colours of Nigeria is the height of every player’s desire, the NFF should make the occasion a memorable one.
“For instance we hear instances of poor training programmes. That should stop starting with the coming friendly matches. Our players are professionals and should be treated as such.
“We should have a clear-cut programmes for these boys, which will suit them and make sure that their bonuses, whether they are home based or not, are paid as at when due.
“I am not saying NFF is not doing well; all I am saying is that as we are approaching a new era after our Cup of Nations failure, there should be a new thing that will be brought on the table. The coaches should also be motivated and encouraged. It is only in such situation that these players will be motivated to give their 100% to the national duties,” he said.
The Super Eagles plays both Mali and Luxembourg in international friendly matches onMay 27 and June 2 respectively.