As the Super Eagles of Nigeria prepare to play host to their South African counterparts in the AFCON qualifier scheduled for Uyo stadium, the players are optimistic of payment or their outstanding allowances.
Outstanding payments will top the agenda when top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) led by President Amaju Pinnick meet today with the team’s head coach Gernot Rohr and stand-in captain Ogenyi Onazi.
The team is not happy about their unpaid bonus, appearance fees, ticket refunds and camp allowances as they were not paid for the training camps in London in March as well as that in France this past week.
“It has never been this bad as regards our bonuses, allowances and even ticket refunds,” said one of the affected players. Officials have already promised the Eagles will be paid the win bonus for the World Cup qualifier in Zambia in October last year. Nigeria won 2-1 in Ndola, but the players are yet to be paid the $5,000-a-man bonus several months after,” a source revealed, adding that, “The players have again submitted their bank details and there is some hope they will now get this payment from the NFF,”
Meanwhile, the Eagles are scheduled to train today evening at the Abuja National Stadium before they fly out to Uyo ahead of Saturday’s AFCON qualifier against South Africa beginig 5pm Nigerian time in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.