By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Idah Peterside on Tuesday revealed that he was "like a slave" to Daniel Amokachi in the national team camp, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Speaking on a live breakfast television show, 'Sunrise Daily' on Channels Television, Idah disclosed that he and the former Nigeria striker were always roommates whenever they lodged at hotels during international matches for Nigeria.
The former Sharks of Port Harcourt and Orlando Pirates of South Africa goalkeeper was a guest on the programme and spoke about the development of the league in South Africa post apartheid era in comparison to the Nigeria professional Football League.
"To equate the development in both countries' leagues, it depends if you're talking about remuneration," Idah who is now a sports pundit with a popular pay television station and a pastor in South Africa said on Channels Television.
"When I was in Nigeria, Enyimba FC of Aba was my last club before I went to Israel and my salary then was 7,000 Naira in 1998. And when I moved to South Africa, my first salary was like 4 million naira when converted to the Nigerian naira. It was unbelievable.
"I was a national team player quite alright, but that's not the thing. In South Africa they have sponsors for clubs, it was not because I was the best.
"There are players now that earn up to 10 million naira in the South African league, that is when you convert from Rand to Naira. The least earner will be earning an equivalent of say 1 million Naira.
"When I was playing for Nigeria, I felt like a slave to Daniel Amokachi. He was my roommate. I was a home-based player and Daniel was always my roommate. There was a bed here and another there," Idah said gesticulating.
"When we went for a game in Ethiopia, he would bring out a wallet full of dollars and ask "oh boy you go drink coke?" But meanwhile, on the table there is a bundle of dollars. it was a very intimidating. And you cannot steal it because he is your teammate, it's not fair.
"You go to training and when you tackle them, they tell you "don't spoil my career for me o." It was quite intimidating.
Idah called on more private sector participation in the running of the Nigerian League.
"More sponsors and organisations need to be involved more in our league. I had fights with the NFF.
"At a point they tagged me a rebel. We make a lot of noise here in Nigeria. We hear about the League Management Company, we don't need to hear about them, its the players that are more important to us.
"You cannot even buy a car in the Nigerian league with just your salaries except you won title and the state governments appreciate you. I was at a game in Port Harcourt sometime ago and the players were boarding taxis and bikes.
"You have to invest in the players. There should be laws to sign agreements with the players. Do you know how much Opera must have given Victor Moses for being their ambassador?," the former international added.
Idah also stressed that Nigerians should not be bothered about Bafana Bafana of South Africa coach Staurt Baxter's vow to monitor the progress of Nigeria stars ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on June 10.
"Baxter is a noise maker. They (South Africa national team) fear us. We intimidated them, fear is another level of respect.
"We lost that fear factor but this present Super Eagles are good. There is this presence about Nigerians wherever we entered," the former keeper stated.