Saturday, June 15, 2013

Super Eagles settle bonus dispute with NFF

The Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Nigerian Football Federation ended their row over unpaid bonuses on Thursday. The Nigerian National team refused to accept the $2,500 bonus offered to the players for the 1-1 score line against Namibia on Wednesday night in a World Cup qualifying group stage match. The players wanted to be paid £6,370 ($10,000) but the cash-strapped Nigeria Football Foundation, which has been forced to cut back on backroom staff of the various national teams, refused.
Following this, the  players refused to fly to South Africa on a scheduled flight with a threat to boycott the Confederations Cup competition that will kick off this weekend in Brazil unless some of their several demands are met.

Nigeria will play in the Confederations Cup in Brazil next week and the whole team will now leave Namibia for South Africa this Saturday and fly to Brazil the same day after calling off a threatened strike.
The row was settled following the intervention of the country's sports minister Bolaji Abdullahi.
"It's been resolved and we will land in Brazil by Sunday," one of the players told BBC Sport.
"The whole issue has been resolved and we can now concentrate on the Confederations Cup.
"We are now hoping that the government live up to their promises and pay us once we get to Brazil."

 Nigeria is also set to play Uruguay in Salvador on 20 June and then Spain in Fortaleza on 23 June at the Confederations Cup.