Mikel defies NFF over Japanese fan's cash bonus

Mikel defies NFF over Japanese fan's cash bonus
Siasia, Mikel flank Japanese fan Takasu who donated $390,000 to the Nigeria Olympic team in Brazil

by Samm Audu

Sunday Aug 21, 2016. 15:05

Contrary to a hurriedly prepared official denial by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the Nigeria Olympic team led by Chelsea star Mikel Obi are spoiling for a fight over the $390,000 donated to them by a Japanese fan.

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On Saturday, the NFF fired a statement quoting president Amaju Pinnick as saying it was mischievous to say they planned to use the donation from the Japanese plastic surgeon Katsuya Takasu to offset mounting debts.

Rather, they insisted that were merely conducting an integrity test on the donation and the donor.

The Japanese fan wrote out two Citibank cheques - $200,000 in favour of coach Samson Siasia and $190,000 in favour of Mikel.

A team member told AfricanFootball.com:”We have resolved that no matter what, we will not surrender this cash to the NFF.

“Mikel has insisted all of us will get our share of the money. That we should not mind what the people in the NFF are saying.

“He will make available this cash when he comes for next month’s AFCON qualifier against Tanzania in Uyo.”

A team meeting has already resolved that both players and officials will receive equal amount of the cash with Mikel himself agreeing to give part of his own share for the chief coach (Siasia) to get more than the rest of the squad.

It was further gathered that the sharing formula agreed was a flat rate for the 22 players (18 accredited players and four alternate players) and 10 officials.

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