Super Eagles: NFF, sports ministry slammed over alleged failure to pay bonuses

Super Eagles: NFF, sports ministry slammed over alleged failure to pay bonuses

- Super Eagles of Nigeria won bronze at the 2019 AFCON tournament in Egypt

- The Nigerian national team has played nine games after the continental tournament

- Reports claim that players and officials are yet to be paid allowances and bonuses

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Super Eagles came third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and despite playing nine matches after the tournament, the players and coaching staff have not been paid a dime in allowances or bonuses.

This is according to an anonymous source in the team who disclosed this to popular Nigerian journalist Osasu Obayiuwana.

About a hundred per cent of the present squad are made up of players plying their trade abroad and despite being invited to return home to represent their country, the report claims the players do not get even a 'red cent'.

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In a series of tweets, British-Nigerian and BBC World Football reporter Osasu Obayiuwana alleged that a reliable source in the Super Eagles team stated that players and officials of the Super Eagles have not been paid after nine matches.

He wrote, citing his source:

"The team have played nine matches since the semi-final of the AFCON in July 2019 and the players (and officials of course) have not been paid a dime in allowances or bonuses since then. Not a red cent.
“Players are risking life and limb. No less than 4 players have been badly injured in this time while turning up for Nigeria. It is grossly unfair."
Super Eagles: NFF, sports ministry slammed over alleged failure to pay bonuses
Super Eagles are yet to receive allowances and bonuses. Photo: Osodi Emmanuel
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Obayiuwana citing his source also questioned as regards who is responsible for the development when he tweeted at the NFF and Nigeria’s Sports Minister Sunday Dare.

“Is it the NFF sitting on the money? Or is it the sports ministry, headed by Sunday Dare? Is this fair? Why is no one talking about it?”

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Probing further, the source, according to Obayiuwana lamented as regards why players in the team are yet to publicly raise alarm over the situation and called on Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa to comment on the development.

He added:

"The bigger question is why have the Super Eagles players kept quiet about this situation? Why have they not spoken openly about it?
"Ahmed Musa is the team’s captain. And as the leader, he should say a word, knowing the team he leads is unhappy, shouldn’t he?”

Meanwhile, earlier reported that the Super Eagles handler, Gernot Rohr could be relieved of his duties as Nigeria’s Minister for Sports, Sunday Dare has lamented the Super Eagles’ double-draws with the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone.

Nigeria played a 4-4 draw with Sierra Leone in the first leg at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin on November 13 and then another 0-0 draw with the Leone Stars in Freetown four days later.

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