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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