Nigeria will travel to play their last 16 match against France as scheduled, however they will do so under a dark cloud as a third African nation has money problems.
Hot on the heels of Ghana and Cameroon’s players complaining about payments not being made to them by their respective football associations, it has emerged that Nigeria’s players did not train on Thursday as they seek bonuses promised to them.
Media officer Ben Alaiya has declined to comment as to exactly why the Super Eagles didn’t train on Thursday, only saying that a team meeting ran on too long.
Nigeria plays France on Monday in Brasilia after making it out of Group F alongside Argentina, however they are facing a similar meltdown to other West African nations, Cameroon and Ghana, who were both knocked out at the group stage. This issue has been rumbling along for a while, as Nigeria arrived late for the Confederations Cup in Brazil last summer after a similar row over player payments as the squad refused to leave the team hotel. Those issues have resurfaced but a statement from the Nigerian Football Federation is stating that there are no problems with the bonuses.
“We understand that some people are playing politics but they must leave us out of it so that we can do well here and go far in the tournament,” coach Stephen Keshi was quoted as saying in the statement.
According to details released, each Nigerian player earned $10,000 for a win in the group stages and will get $12,500 for a win in the knockout rounds.
Look, I understand the players are looking after their own interests and they have to fight for their rights… But what happened to the honor of representing your country at the World Cup?
Do you really need to be paid for playing at the World Cup?