ALEXANDRIA – The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has followed through on their promise of offsetting camp allowances and winning bonuses owed players of Nigeria’s men’s national team, the Super Eagles, busybuddiesng.com understands.
A row had brewed between players and the Federation over pay which led players to boycott the pre-match conference before Nigeria’s 1-0 Group B victory over Guinea at the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Players were however mollified prior to that match last Wednesday, by the NFF’s promise to ensure all outstanding emoluments would be settled by Friday (yesterday).
A source with intimate knowledge of events at the Helnan Palestine Hotel base of the Super Eagles in Alexandria confirmed to busybuddiesng.com that the players have received their “camp allowances” and that “cash for bonuses up to crucial stages” have been delivered to the team in Egypt. The source also added that the backroom staff of the Super Eagles “have been taken care off”.
Another source, however, told busybuddiesng.com that the players only received outstanding camp allowances which included an extra three days allowance but that the players were only paid a bonus for the Zimbabwe friendly with winning bonuses for the AFCON group stage wins over Burundi and Guinea still outstanding.
Busybuddiesng.com also understands that the NFF has also settled all outstanding camp allowances and bonuses owed the Super Falcons with the World Cup participation fee for the women’s team due to be settled as soon as FIFA releases the funds. The NFF have also promised to pay the U20 Flying Eagles their outstanding bonuses on Monday, 1 July, 2019.
Both teams had staged sit-ins over unpaid allowances at the U20 World Cup in Poland and Women’s World Cup in France respectively.