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Super Eagles Players Fight with NFF over Outstanding Bonuses

 

By Olayinka Elebute 

Super Eagles regulars are not happy with the attitude of the present board of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF over unpaid bonuses and allowances since 2019 Africa Cup of Nations AFCON finals. 

Unless something is done urgently, the situation may affect the morale of the players in the oncoming World Cup qualifiers beginning in September our source disclosed. 

Although the NFF President Amaju Pinnick said all unpaid bonuses and allowance of players and staff of Nigeria Super Eagles, have been cleared, our source disclosed that the team is being owed since 2019. 

Pinnick said the NFF is going through financial difficulty right now but despite that, it has paid the players. 

He said the financial problems during this pandemic affected their sponsors hence the inability to pay. 

The national team coach Gernot Rohr has not been paid by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for six months, while goalkeeper trainer Alloy Agu is demanding over 17 months in salary. 

Despite the ongoing issues over money the NFF has organised for the Super Eagles to play five-time African champions Cameroon in Vienna, Austria on 4 June before facing Mexico a month later in Los Angeles, USA. 

It was the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari that saved a boycott over unpaid allowances at the last 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt. 

Skipper of the team, Ahmed Musa had to speak to the players, asking them to show some understanding after which the team agreed to train”. 

The team finally agreed to train in Alexandria, 30 minutes after schedule, after the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) promised to pay a win bonus from their 1-0 victory over Burundi. 

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