Nigeria resolve bonus dispute
14 June 2013, 11:46
Rio de Janeiro - Nigeria will fly to Brazil after all, calling off a
threatened strike over bonus payments that could have crippled the
Nigeria's players had been promised $10 000 for
each win in the Soccer World Cup warm-up tournament and $5 000 for draws
but the local football association found itself short of cash and cut
the awards in half at the last minute.
The conflict prompted the
African Cup of Nations winners to cancel their planned flight to Brazil
on Thursday after the players refused to leave the team hotel in
Windhoek, Namibia, where the squad had played in a World Cup qualifier.
I speak to you the matter has been resolved by the minister," Julius
Ogunro, an aide to Nigeria sports minister Bolaji Abdullahi, told The
Associated Press. "The minister has rallied round to get money to pay
the team and we are looking for a way to send the money. The matter has
The Nigerian Football Federation had also planned
to reduce the technical crew accompanying the team because of financial
"We are shocked like every Nigerian at the attitude of
the players," NFF general secretary Musa Amadu said in a statement. "It
is incomprehensible because the NFF president and myself sat down with
the management of the Super Eagles, including coach Stephen Keshi, to
explain why we had to slash the bonus and other measures taken as a
result of our financial constraints."
Amadu said the squad would
travel to Brazil on Saturday, giving the team just one day to train
before its opener against Tahiti on Monday in Belo Horizonte.
spoke with the team manager and they will be on the plane on Saturday
and at the Confederations Cup," FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke
said. "So the issue is solved."
If the issue hadn't been fixed, it could have derailed a tournament that features just eight squads.
is in Group B, which also features world and European champion Spain
and Uruguay. Brazil, Japan, Italy and Mexico are in Group A.
Nigeria drew 1-1 with Namibia on Wednesday, meaning it still hasn't secured a spot in next year's World Cup.
Super Eagles also played out a 2-2 draw against Mexico in a friendly in
the United States on May 31 and then played another World Cup qualifier
a week ago in Kenya, winning 1-0.Join in the conversation on our Facebook page. Also get the latest news by following us on Twitter.