NFF Plans Code of Conduct for All National Teams

30 Jul 2013

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By Olawale Ajmotokan

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Monday revealed it was about fashioning a Code of Conduct for the entire national teams.

Hitherto, recent reports in  the media had indicted that only the Super Eagles players will be subjected to the document `which is a body of rules spelling out what will be expected of the players while on national duty.

But  a member of the board of the NFF, Ahmed Kawu confirmed Monday night that there will be no exception as  the code of conduct will apply across all the national teams.

The official position of the board also clearly highlighted that the federation may be in agreement with  the Ministry of Sports on the need to administer a code of conducts on players while on national duty.

Sports Minister Bolaji Abdulahi set up a probe panel on code of conduct. The seven-man panel is expected to submit its report this week.

The ministry's deliberate plan towards designing a code of conduct followed the bonus dispute that broke out in the national team in June, after a World Cup qualifier against Namibia in Windhoek, when the Eagles revolted against the federation.

The feud that blew to the fore was money related as the players wanted the federation to pay them $5000 for a draw as against $2500 offered by the cash strapped NFF.

The unfortunate row resulted in the Eagles refusing to leave their hotel in Windhoek, causing them to miss a scheduled flight to Johannesburg onward to Brazil, where they were due to play the Confederations Cup.

While the House Committee on Sports has said it was in support of the plan to adopt a code of conduct, Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has strongly voiced his opposition to the move.

Keshi said the scheme would subject the players to slavery and could affect their focus to qualify for next year's World Cup finals.

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