The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has written to the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to come up with a welfare package that would take care of ex internationals who are either sick or injured, the SportsBay.com reports.
In a letter dated May 11 and written by the Permanent Secretary, Gabriel Aduda to the NFF President Amaju Pinnick was directed to furnish the ministry with plans for welfare assistance to players.
“We acknowledge and appreciate the kind gesture of extending support to the families of our fallen heroes in following the lead of the ministry to pledge the monthly payment of N30, 000.
“I wish to further request you to provide information on the welfare package put in place by your management to enhance productivity and motivate staff and athletes of your federation, as well as welfare scheme for families of ex-internationals, the sick and injured athletes,” Aduda stated in the letter.
The letter was written to ensure that the federation seek out modalities to ensure that players who had retired from the game are well taken care off following outcry over the poor welfare of most former players and their families.
The minister also promised to pay them monthly allowance as well as offset their hospital bill any time they have health challenge.
The sports ministry recently gave financial lifeline to ailing former Super Eagles defender Sunday Eboighe.
Following his outcry in a national newspaper that he was sick and in dire need of support, the Minister directed his staff Mr. Ogunjimi to trace Eboigbe and hand over cash gift to assist him. Ogunjimi visited the ex player im his Benin City abode and handed him the cash gift from the Minister.
According to the Minister’s aide, the gesture would not end with just the cash gift, but that the ex international would be given needed medical assistance. The state of his ailment would be assessed by medics with the aim of giving him proper treatment to be paid for by the Minister.
The former Super Eagles strongman, Sunday Eboigbe was a no-nonsense player famously known for his central-defensive partnership with Bright Omokaro at the 1988 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
He was a regular for New Nigeria Bank (NNB) and played for the national team of Nigeria from 1983 to 1990 appearing 58 times with two AFCON silver in 1984 and 1988. His contribution as an effective defensive player on the field led to the Eagles conceding only three goals throughout ‘88 AFCON.
According to Eboigbe, he has been battling stroke for 12 years.