NFF Re-Introduces Code of Conduct for Players and Officials

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The Nigerian Football Federation(NFF) has reintroduced the code of conduct to ensure that players as well as officials adhere to the same set of rules when representing the country.

The 18-page document spells out the obligations of the football authority, coaches and players called up to the national team at all levels.

It also spells out expected standards of behaviour for all players and makes it clear that violations could result in disciplinary action, fines, suspensions or even expulsions.

This is not the first time the NFF will introduce a code of conduct. It attempted introducing it ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but was greeted with stiff resistance from players.

But the NFF is desperate to avoid a repeat of the bonus rows that led to players boycotting training at last year’s World Cup in Brazil, and before that almost caused the Super Eagles to miss the 2013 Fifa Confederations Cup.

“In the interest of the nation and as a means of regulating the conduct of players and officials representing the country at any point in time, the NFF executive committee endorsed a proposal for all players and officials of the National Teams to sign a Code of Conduct,” the NFF said in a statement.

“Starting with the contingent to the Fifa U-20 World Cup in New Zealand and the Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada,” it added.

The delay in paying agreed bonuses is one of the major issues that upset the players so much that they came within a whisker of boycotting their game against France in the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup.

However, President Goodluck Jonathan intervened and made money available enabling the NFF to pay the bonus money to the striking squad in Brazil.

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