*Team to protest to NASS on Thursday
*Allege diversion of their monies
With the simmering cloud of war falling on the beleaguered Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), matters of corruption in the allowance of players are already oozing out putrid smell, the first is the allowance of members of the last Flying Eagles.
The Flying Eagles played four matches on the road to qualifying for the African championship, out of that, they won three and lost just one. The boys cried on the pitch all day. Why they lost we all know.
Yes, it was because a certain Mr. Gianni Infantino who was in town and the NFF had gathered N100m to host him. They went caps in hand to Dr Ifeanyi Ubah and others like him to help. They got the money and hosted Infantino and Samoura to a lavish reception in Nigeria.
A lot went behind the scene on the day and of course. It was during the visit that the Pinnick agenda to CAF was muted and agreed. The boys in Lagos played on empty stomach only to lose to Sudan. Till date, the money they protested for has not been paid.
Osama Douglas a member of that team who toiled and laboured for fatherland later died in December last year as he was shot in Benin City by cult guys. Osama died, leaving behind, a wife and two months old child. One month or so ago, the Federal Government released the Flying Eagles outstanding money alongside the Super Eagles money for the Zambia first leg game.
Question now is that where is the released monies. Members of the team are alleging that the funds may have been diverted according to their own sources within the Glass House.
“Osama’s body is weeping in his grave. The two-month old child he left behind is 11 months today while the mother and child are wallowing in abject poverty as they struggle to feed.”
The Under-20 players are set to march to the National Assembly on Thursday 21st September to fight for their rights. Enough is enough.