AFCON 2019: Nigeria camp rumble as players protest

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Super Eagles players boycotted Tuesday’s pre-match conference and were also looking to boycott Tuesday evening’s training. The row could add distraction to Nigeria’s preparation for Wednesday’s match against Guinea.

 The protest is over allowances.

Only coach Gernot Rohr attended the statutory Tuesday’s pre-match media conference organised by the confederation of African Football.

When journalists queried the players absence Rohr said: “The players had to stay back for an important meeting.”

Ahmed Musa was billed to attend with Rohr but stayed back at the team’s Helnan Palestine Hotel in Alexandria, Egypt.

The Nigeria football officials have quickly explained that the disagreement has been resolved.

The NFF spokesperson Ademola Olajire who shares a WhatsApp group platform with reporter responded when the matter came up for discussion within the group.

He wrote: “Matter has been resolved. The NFF received part of the money meant for the tournament today (Tuesday) and is in the process of converting to dollars to pay the players and officials. The only money they are being owed is the win bonus over Burundi. I am told they’re heading to training ground now.”

Unpaid bonuses row is returning to Nigeria football. Just last weekend the women’s national team, Super Falcons refused to leave their hotel until all outstanding bonuses were paid at the France 2019 World Cup. The Nigeria Football Federation responded vigorously with a denial, insisting the ladies were not owed. They gave a date by date account of what games they played and how much each player was player. The ladies have since left France for Nigeria.

The Flying Eagles (as Nigeria U20 team is called) embarked on a protest and refused to leave Poland after their elimination from the FIFA U20 World Cup.

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