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AFCON 2019: Super Eagles In Disarray As Players Protest Unpaid Bonuses



Super Eagles’ preparation for their crucial Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) group B second match with Guinea has suffered big blow as the players are protesting over unpaid bonuses.

The three-time African champions laboured to a hard-fought win over Burundi in their first game and could earn a ticket to the Round of 16 if they triumph over Guinean counterparts in Alexandria, tomorrow. However, Gernot Rohr’s men went on to complain about their unpaid bills.

Ahmed Musa failed to show up for today’s pre-match conference ahead of the Guinea match, as the Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia player preferred to stay back with his colleagues for a ‘crucial’ player’s meeting at the Helnan Palestine Hotel.

“The player showed solidarity and had to stay back for an important meeting,” said coach Rohr when quizzed by the media.

Unpaid bonuses are not new under Amaju Pinnick-led board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). First, it was the national U-20 team, Flying Eagles that embarked on a sit-in protest and refused to leave Poland after their elimination from the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland.

Recently, the Nigeria women’s senior national team, Super Falcons which was kicked out of the Women’s World Cup in France, declined to leave their hotel until all outstanding bonuses were paid – a claim the NFF denied, insisting Thomas Dennerby’s ladies were not owed. report that top official of the NFF in Egypt has assured that the players would be settled before they take on Paul Put’s team at the Alexandria Stadium.

Super Eagles are two points above Guinea who were forced to a 2-2 draw by debutants Madagascar on Saturday.




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