John Fashanu

 

Nigerian-born former England international footballer, John Fashanu, has disclosed that he still gets a monthly pension of N5m as an ex-player for his adopted country.

The shy-looking Fashanu, who talked about how hard it was to convince players of Nigerian descent to dump their adopted countries to play for the Super Eagles without attractive welfare packages, backed his claim with the challenges some Nigerian football legends have been facing even after their sacrifices for the country.

Fashanu told Daily Trust, “Till today, I still get my benefits, my pensions. I get N5m monthly as pensions for being an ex-footballer in England and I am now in my 50s.

“Tammy Abraham knows why he hasn’t played for the Super Eagles and it’s because there is more financial benefits playing for England, there is more glory and less wahala. Why do we ask the boy to play for Nigeria and torture him?

"We need to step up. Tammy is a massive miss for Nigeria. Nobody went to London to talk to him and explain to him the benefits of playing for his motherland.

“And when you hear what happened to Kanu Nwankwo, Jay Jay Okocha, did anybody come out to defend him over his tax bills, did anybody come out to defend Kanu when he had issues with his hotel?” 

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