The Dream Team will be paid match bonuses at the Olympics. Bonuses are not paid for Commonwealth, Olympic games. Dalung hopes the team puts the interest of Nigerians at heart Minister of sports Solomon Dalung says the national U-23 football team are not entitled to receive match bonuses at the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The team had threatened to boycott the quarter-final match against Denmark if their outstanding allowances and the five months salaries owed coach Samson Siasia were not paid. The team was however encouraged to play by Siasia and they went on to win 2 – 0 with John Mikel Obi and Aminu Umar getting the goals. Dalung said the team’s outstanding camp allowances for 11 days were paid on Saturday but they are not going to be paid bonuses for the Olympics likewise any commonwealth games.
Dalung said: “I spoke with the captain of the team Mikel Obi and I explained to him that match bonuses are only paid to players during the World Cup or Africa Cup of Nations but not at the Olympic or Commonwealth Games. “This is their first appearance at the Olympics so the players may not know that they don’t pay match bonuses at the Games. “We have paid all outstanding camp allowances for the Rio Games to the players so we owe them nothing.
On Siasia, the federation has admitted that they owe him five months salaries. “He was owed before he agreed to take the team to Atlanta, so making it an issue now after qualifying for the quarter-finals is not in the interest of the country. “I have appealed to the coach and the players to put the country first before personal interest. All other issues that need to be addressed will definitely be addressed after the Olympics,” the minister said. Meanwhile, former Super Eagles captain says footballers should not expect to be rich when ever they play for Nigeria. The former footballer was reacting to questions asking about the inability of the NFF and Sport ministry to pay Siasia and his players.