By MADUABUCHI KALU
It has been revealed how Nigeria and Tianji TEDA FC Captain, John Obi Mikel, scuttled the plan by the Nigeria Football Federation to pay the players according to the number of minutes they played at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
In a meeting the Federation led by Amaju Melvin Pinnick held with the Super Eagles senior players led by John Obi Mikel in conjunction with the team’s Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr before the team’s international friendly match against Argentina in Russia on the 14, Mikel and his teammate refused to accept the NFF’s proposal instead asked that they should be paid like they were paid in Brazil 2014.
The refusal of Mikel to accept the NFF’s proposal according to an insider report is based on the fact that Mikel believes that there should not be any discrimination in terms of remuneration of the players as who will play and how long does not depend on the individual players as all would have loved to play but it is not possible that all of them will be playing at the same time.
Meanwhile, Super Eagles players have backed their captain, on his refusal to accept the NFF’s earn as you play proposal saying he is a leader they are well pleased.
The latest to back Mikel on his stand of paying every player of the squad at the World Cup is his compatriot national team who equally plies his football trade in China, Odion Jude Ighalo.
Ighalo said during a sports programme on radio that as the captain of the team, Mikel’s decision is binding on team and that his position is for the good of all the players hence he is throwing his weight behind his captain.
“I think the position of our captain is perfect. It is good for the players. He is an experienced player and he knows what is in the best interest of the people he is leading.
“I give him kudos for standing firm for the players. He is our leader on and off the pitch as far as the national team is concerned.
“He is somebody who has experience and at the same time he knows what it means to carry everybody along. So, my position can’t be different from the position of the team,” Ighalo explained.