The mood in the Super Eagles’ camp in Morocco is gloomy despite the team’s progress to the quarterfinals of the ongoing African Nations Championship.
Our correspondent can report that the players and their officials have not been paid since they were called to the Abuja camp for three weeks ahead of the tournament.
The players have played three matches, and they said they were miffed that the assurancs from the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF has not translated to anything tangible in terms of Cash. According to them, they were still skeptical over the latest promise that the payment would be sorted out before their quarterfinal match.
“It is true that we are yet to get anything,” one of the players told newsmen . “We have done our bit by doing well in our matches and we expect that the authorities will also do their own bit too so that everybody will be happy.”
“We know how Nigerians value the national team and we have resolved to make them happy by going far in this tournament but we also need to be motivated and that is why we are calling on the authorities to redeem their pledge,” another player added.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, the players and their coaches should be paid before the end of the week. Sources said that the federation’s chiefs are expected to hit the team’s camp today after they took the delivery of the funds approved by the Presidency for the team.
Reports suggested that a whopping N500 million had been released by the Federal Government for the prosecution of the tournament.
Each player may get up to $20,000 in bonuses and allowances if the team wins the tournament.
Nigeria is yet to win the championship that has reached its fifth edition.