AFCON 2023: Super Eagles to Boycott Training Over Unpaid Bonuses? Omeruo, NFF React

AFCON 2023: Super Eagles to Boycott Training Over Unpaid Bonuses? Omeruo, NFF React

  • There's a new development regarding the 'said bonuses' for the Super Eagles at the ongoing 2023 AFCON tournament
  • Nigerian defender Kenneth Omeruo revealed the national team players have not received their money despite presidential approval
  • The Nigerian Football Federation has, however, confirmed the development and revealed payment requests have been sent to the CBN already journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

Nigerian defender Kenneth Omeruo has disclosed that the Super Eagles are yet to be paid their bonuses at the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

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Omeruo says the Super Eagles are committed to their training and upcoming matches. Photo credit: @NGSuperEagles
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This is despite the widely-publicised approval of their competition funding by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Punch Sports Extra reported that the Kasimpasa defender also dispelled reports that some senior players were unhappy with the squad captain, Ahmed Musa.

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“The report is a joke,” Omeruo said. We are focused on our game, believing that our money will be paid.”

NFF working on Super Eagles' bonus

Reacting to the development, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) general secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, said the federation is working closely with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to expedite the payments, Vanguard reported.

He, however, maintained that:

“We have not experienced any delays or complication of processes at the CBN this time, and we give kudos to them for their diligence and great sense of duty.”

How much will Super Eagles get for victory over Angola?

Earlier, reported that the Super Eagles of Nigeria were set to face off against Angola's Palancas Negras for a place in the 34th AFCON semifinal in Côte d'Ivoire.

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The high-stakes match offered a substantial $2.5 million reward (approximately N2.24 billion) for the winners, a prize set by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for teams that win the quarterfinal clash.

Following their successful progression beyond the group stage, the Nigerian team has already earned $800,000, and their victory over Cameroon added an extra $1.3 million to their prize money, further enhancing their financial standing.

Securing victory over Angola in the upcoming match would ensure a guaranteed minimum prize of $2.5 million for the team, as both squads that do not progress beyond the semifinals are set to receive this amount, reported.


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