Super Eagles Struggle To Concentrate On AFCON Over Unpaid Bonuses

Posted on June 26 2019 , at 10:27 am
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  • The situation in the Super Eagles' camp may affect their performance against Guinea.

The Super Eagles may be unprepared for their second game of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after embarking on a protest strike on Tuesday over unpaid bonus. The players were set to train in preparation for their match with Guinea on Wednesday (today) when they voiced their displeasure over their unpaid bills.

Team captain Ahmed Musa also failed to show up for the pre-match conference on Tuesday. Coach Rohr backed his players on their action, saying Musa “showed solidarity and had to stay back for an important meeting.”

BBC reports that the squad was an hour late for training on Tuesday and have not ruled out taking further action.

This is a scenario we have seen too well in Nigerian football and more recently, the Falcons had to refuse to vacate their hotel in France after they were eliminated from the Women’s World Cup because their bonuses and allowances had not been paid.

Currently, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has no assured leadership as Sports minister Solomon Dalung’s tenure has come to an end and embattled Chairman Amaju Pinnick has been worryingly silent. The BBC says the financially stricken NFF, which receives its funding from the government, has denied it was responsible for the delay in paying the players’ bonuses.

The situation in the Super Eagles’ camp may affect their performance against Guinea after narrowly defeating Burundi in their opening match in Egypt. The match which will hold at the Alexandria Stadium by 3:30pm today will see the Super Eagles playing to consolidate its lead on the group while Guinea will be fighting to add three more points to improve its chance of progressing in the tournament.

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