Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Eagles bonus war fallout:Enyeama, Mikel, Ejide face sanctions

Three key Super Eagles players, midfielder Mikel Obi, goalkeepers Vincent Enyeama and Austin Ejide have been picked as the chief architects of the bonus war against the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Although NFF leadership has said that the issue has been resolved following the intervention of the Presidency through the Minster of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, reliable sources say there are plans   to punish the players that led the revolt.
The Eagles had held NFF officials to ransom after the
1-1 draw against the Brave Warriors of Namibia in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday as they rejected $2,500 dollars bonus offer by the federation
The players, who insisted on $5,000 dollars vehemently refused to leave their Country Club Resort Windhoek for a scheduled flight to Johannesburg en route Brazil for the Confederations Cup, and consequently missed their connection to Sao Paulo from South Africa.
Newswatch Sports can authoritatively reveal that the Glass House has vowed to bring to book the players who instigated the crisis which caused Nigeria   international embarrassment.
According to our source Enyeama, Mikel and Ejide have been identified as the players that spearheaded headed the revolt and “must be punished to serve as deterrence to others.”
 “The Maigari-led NFF board were thoroughly embarrassed by the action of the players and would wield the big stick at the appropriate time. The federation is very angry because of the international dimension it took. They are already know those who instigated the trouble in the team. And they have been pencilled down for sanction. Let’s see what happens after the Confederations Cup,” he said.
On the kind of punishment that awaits the players, he said that it won’t proper to let the cat out of the bag, adding: The fact remains that the hammer will fall on these players.
It was gathered that the federation felt insulted when   Enyeama, Mikel and Ejide stormed out of a peace meeting with NFF officials, went and held other players hostage.
“NFF top officials were angered by the action of Enyeama,Ejide and Mikel during a meeting. They forced other players into an action. They held the players hostage in their hotel by insisting that they must not leave for the scheduled flight to South Africa.
To Nigerians, the issue have been resolved by the intervention of the Sports Minister, but after the Confederation Cup, the issue will be revisited. The NFF smells a rat that some external influence. But our football will continue to be the worst for it if we encourage this kind of action by the players,” he said. 

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