Super Eagles threaten to embark on indefinite strike over 18 months of unpaid salaries, allowances

Super Eagles threaten to embark on indefinite strike over 18 months of unpaid salaries, allowances

- Super Eagles players and coaching crew are being owed for about 18 months

- Players in the squad are threatening to go on strike if the issue is not resolved

- NFF president Amaju Pinnick has disclosed that efforts are being made to raise funds

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria are threatening to boycott forthcoming national team engagements as they lament over unpaid salaries and allowances to the tune of 18 months.

Reports have it that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is making frantic efforts in getting funds from government and sponsors to clear the backlog of bonuses and allowances.

It was gathered that members of the squad had planned to protest the poor treatment meted out on them before the reverse fixture against Sierra Leone.

The idea could not materialise due to their 4-4 draw with the Leone Stars at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin, as fans were stunned that the Gernot Rohr-led team embarrassed the nation by letting a four-goal lead slip.

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In a chat with BBC Sport Africa and cited in Complete Sports, a player stated that Nigerians will blame the squad if they go on strike, saying they are being owed.

He said:

“Our initial plan was to address it before the game in Sierra Leone but we all saw what happened.
“I don’t think they (NFF officials) can keep quiet if they’re unpaid by their bosses. They’re quick to blame the players for defeats but happy to celebrate the success of the team.
“If the players go on strike they blame us for being money hungry and selfish yet this is money they owe us.
“There are (training) camp allowances and match bonuses not paid to us and the technical crew since July 2019 and that’s not good.”
Super Eagles threaten to embark on indefinite strike over 18 months of unpaid salaries, allowances
Super Eagles stars threaten to boycott matches over unpaid salaries. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi
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Meanwhile, president of the NFF Amaju Pinnick has disclosed that everything is being done to ensure funds are raised to pay the players and coaching crew.

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According to him, the football house is already seeking financial assistance from government sponsors, adding that they will all be paid soon.

However, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Super Eagles of Nigeria have ended the year 2020 in 35th position as the world’s football governing body FIFA releases the final ranking for the year.

Nigeria's Super Eagles had in November slipped to 35th position following their unproductive AFCON 2022 qualifiers.

The three-time African giants were forced to back-to-back draws by the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone.

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