Confusion as Nigeria’s Super Eagles boycott flight to Brazil over pay cut

Super Eagles of Nigeria

The Super Eagles players insist that bonus be paid to them in full.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have boycotted their Thursday evening flight to Brazil because of a cut in their match bonus, sources in Namibia have said.

The eagles were expected to leave Namibia for Brazil to represent Africa at the FIFA Confederation Cup, which commences on Saturday, June 15.

The team had played a 1-1 draw with host Namibia, in Windhoek, in a World Cup Qualifier on Wednesday.

They were scheduled  to leave for Brazil to commence preparation for the Confederations Cup, with their first match scheduled for Monday against Tahiti.

The situation

The management of the Nigeria Football Association, claiming it is broke, had cut the players match bonus to $2,500 from $5000. The players, however, insist that they are being shortchanged and are insisting on being paid the old amount.

The football association had cut the bonus for a drawn match for the team from $5,000 to $2,500; while the match bonus for a win was slashed from $10,000 to $5,000.

In revolt, the players refused to board their flight to Brazil even after the chairman of the Nigeria Football Association, Aminu Maigari, pleaded with them to make do with what they will be paid, our sources said.

It is not clear what alternative arrangement the federation would make to ensure the team arrives in good time for their Brazil fixtures.

Demola Olajire, the football association’s spokesperson, could not be reached as his telephones were switched off as at press time. And so also were those of Musa Amadu, the association’s general secretary.


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  • Aparo

    These under-performing footballers, who managed to draw 1-1 with lowly Namibia, will only embarrass Nigeria in Brazil anyway. They will be dead last in the FIFA Confederation Cup. All they are after is money, money, money… Nigeria needs to cut everyone’s pay, from the clueless President Jonathan downwards, and they should stop mismanaging and stealing what’s left. Then maybe the thieving leaders can start addressing the problems of poverty-stricken Nigerian masses, who are about 90 per cent of the population.

  • Dan Kasa

    Very shameful indeed! This shows how money overtakes patriotism and national feeling in this country. Since the players are doing it for money not for the country I will advise the NFA to hire the Messis and Ronaldos to play for Nigeria next time.
    For this shameful act I will advise all nigerians not to cheer the Eagles even if they happen to win the cup.

  • Emmanuel Ado

    THERE IS NO DENYING THE POSITIVE IMAGE WE GET FROM DOING WELL IN SPORTS.BETTER THAN WHAT GOVERNMENT PAYS SOME WASHINGTON BASED PR FIRMS TO LAUNDER OUR IMAGE.
    THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT IT ,THAT FOOTBALL IS A CAPITAL INTENSIVE VENTURE-DAILY ALLOWANCE,HOTEL,TRAVELS,MATCH BONUS ETC AND REPLICATE THIS FOR MORE THAN 8 NATIONAL TEAMS,YOU WILL UNDERSTAND WHY THE GOVERNMENT MUST SUPPORT THE NFF.
    THE OTHER FACTOR THAT HAS AFFECTED THE NFF’S ABILITY WAS THE POOR PERFORMANCE OF THE SUPER EAGLES IN RECENT YEARS.NOW THAT THEY ARE BECOMING A FORCE TO RECKON WITH,HOPEFULLY THE SPONSORS WILL COME BACK AND THE FEDERATION CAN PAY COACHES,PAY MATCH BONUSES AND MEET ITS OTHER OBLIGATIONS.
    WE MUST SHOW UNDERSTANDING.

  • AYEKOOTO

    Were they told what they will be paid before the match. If ur own salary is cut by the end of this month without prior notice will u accept? Be honest pls