Eagles’ winning bonus ready before Kenya clash, NFF assures
THE Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has promised that the yet to be settled South Africa 2013 African Nations Cup final match bonus of the players and officials of the Super Eagles would be ready before the team’s World Cup qualifying match against the Harambee stars of Kenya.
The match is billed for Calabar on March 23.
The Federation said it was not able to pay the Super Eagles’ players and officials their $10, 000 winning bonus after the defeat of the Stallions of Burkina Faso in the finals of the Nations Cup because it lacked the fund to do so then.
NFF General Secretary, Musa Amadu said Monday in Abuja that the federation was not unaware of the debts to the players, adding that the team understood its plight then hence they did not raise any dust about the money.
“We all know the great importance attached to the match against Kenya so I believe the players will get enough motivation to ensure that they not only win against the Kenyans, but secure the group qualifying ticket for the World Cup,” Amadu stated.
The NFF general secretary also revealed that the federation would now release on Wednesday the list of home-based players to be invited by Coach Stephen Keshi to commence camping on March 9, adding that they would be joined by their foreign based counterparts, one week to the Kenya clash.
On Super Eagles midfielder, Nosa Igiebor, who is currently battling with Spanish immigration authorities to secure his work permit, the NFF said it was unaware of any such thing, adding that it is only when the federation is properly informed by the player or his agent that it can decide to intervene.