NFF vice-president, Seyi Akinwunmi, while expressing his appreciation to Japanese plastic surgeon Katsuya Takasu’s offer to reward members of the U-23 national team has told BBC sports that the offer may be declined because Nigeria’s integrity may be at stake.
“I have been in direct contact with Mr Takasu and impressed by his gesture,” NFF vice-president Seyi Akinwunmi told BBC Sport.
“But we need not get carried away because the integrity of the country is at stake.
“First we must check about this. Significantly, the team has an important game and we need to focus on that.” The NFF official said, referring to the quarter-final match against Denamrk, which Nigeria won by two goals to none.
Celebrated Japanese plastic surgeon Katsuya Takasu announced his desire to reward the 1996 Olympic football champions, along with $20,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze after hearing about their financial woes.
“I read about the financial problems affecting the team and I felt the need to make a big contribution,” Takasu told BBC Sport.
“I am not doing this for media attention but to motivate a team with an indomitable spirit. I fell in love with the Nigerian team because despite all these problems they are in the quarter-finals of the Olympics.
“Whether they win or not, I will still donate something to help alleviate the challenges in paying their bonuses and allowances.”
The players boycotted a training session in a dispute over pay.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Olympic team have now received their camp allowances from the government, according to the team’s media officer Timi Ebikagboro.
“The sports ministry has cleared all camp allowances of the team in Brazil.
“Players and officials have now been paid 22 days allowances,” said Ebikagboro.