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Nigeria skip training over appearance fee

Posted: 27 June 2014 Time: 01:54

Nigeria canceled a scheduled training session on Thursday after a meeting to demand World Cup appearance bonuses dragged on till late.

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The Super Eagles were due to train in Campinas at 6pm on Thursday, but with their bus ready to leave, the squad failed to turn up.

Media Officer Ben Alaiya explained that the players were 'in a meeting' and would come out for training after.

An hour later, the bus was re-parked with officials saying training had been cancelled. understands that the players wanted to be paid the appearance fee agreed with the federation for making it past the World Cup group stages.

Prior to the meeting however, the NFF Geneural Secretary Musa Amadu, had left São Paulo for Nigeria.

A federation official told that he had left to get more money to prosecute the next round.

"Funds were only released for the group stages, so he has gone to get more for the second round," the official said.

However, Amadu is not expected to return before the round of 16 fixture against France.

The squad are due to leave for Brasilia on Friday afternoon ahead of their last 16 meeting against France. It is not yet certain if they will travel.


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posted: 2014-06-27 00:37:57

There goes another African team, Out of World Cup, just like Ghana......Where is the Love for the Game

posted: 2014-06-27 03:02:42

Another own goal. Ghana players refused to train for almost three days before a crucial match. Inevitable they lost.

posted: 2014-06-27 03:21:30

Why Africa why? we will always be laughing stock to Eupeans, Americans and Asians only for money saga.

Bucs Passion
posted: 2014-06-27 04:18:25


posted: 2014-06-27 04:23:17

Here we go again another bonuses, when France hummiliates them 4-0 we wil b left wondering what went wrong

Red hot black n white
posted: 2014-06-27 05:12:10

Typical west Africans,,, everytime they fight for money. And why would their official go and get money? Don't they know something called EFT! Anyway, France is going to thump them. All they know is to fight in public...useless west Africans.

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-06-27 05:30:17

what the hell is going on in Africa......FIFA gives these confederations money for appearance but bona they keep it and not give it to players

marvstyle khosi
posted: 2014-06-27 05:30:36

What we must understand people is that to thes guys football is not a hobby, its a job. A job with a contract. Imagine if your boss doesn't pay your bonus as per the contract.

Bafana players also strike for money but did not even qualify.

The Maverick
posted: 2014-06-27 05:34:28

For the love of money....Nigerians have the right to refuse training training...mxm! appearance fee! as if they are actors...

posted: 2014-06-27 05:39:46

marvstyle khosi  you've got that one right......seconded

Mriyo (Moving To Discows)
posted: 2014-06-27 05:44:10

This is sum BS n hapens mostly wit African the job n make demands later maan.fack off n get beaten coz Africans r jus doing this for money only.u wil never hear such stuff frm likes of Egypt,Tunisia,Algeria coz they put thier countries first.

posted: 2014-06-27 06:11:23

Nigeria is out!!! In the history of these "protests" no national team has ever protested and won the following game. Ask Khune and company if you want a good example. Ironically, one Ghanaian player, John Boye, was photographed kissing his airplane delivered stack of money in the morning before the game... and guess what?... he scored an own goal (literally) in the afternoon. This was the football gods talking. They were telling the world that these protests are own goals. In fact the unlucky fellow nearly scored three own goals on the day.

posted: 2014-06-27 06:14:52

'Na don't blame players here.the fa is to can't be in a foreign country and be expected to use your money in the service of your country even sandf doesn't neither did apla le mk.the no1 economy in africa should give the players what was agreed upon it doesn't matter that most of them are millionaires but the contract must be adhered to.these african fas are filled with politicians who are afraid of running for public political office and hide in football to make them important and steal money.same story always in the world cup but not in anc because they want to beat other africans with no hindrance.

Pirate of the South
posted: 2014-06-27 06:16:12

Thats why I feel African countries must stay away from the world cup- this is just an embarassment. why would one focus on the money before the job is done? With all that has happened from Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana and now Nigeria. These are clear signs that no matter where our african player would play in the world the world cup wont touch our shores- lets make peace with that!!!

One wonders if do the likes of Messi, Ronaldo etc are fussing as our players do.......and its not as if these people are destitute. People really need to focus on what matters!

Chincha Guluva
posted: 2014-06-27 06:20:26

"Funds were only released for the group stages, so he has gone to get more for the second round," the official said. - What happened to telecommunication & electronic fund transfer? does he really have to go to Nigeria & come back with hard cash? tjooo! Nigerian players mean business

Pirate of the South
posted: 2014-06-27 06:20:27

So are we saying the likes of German, Netherlands..........etc are always at the boardroom discussing "appearance fees" as if the sport has anything to do with beauty queens?

posted: 2014-06-27 06:24:10

Pirate of the South  Ok to compare players, but the main thing incomparable which is the root cause is actually administration. We just don't have administrators who can do basic work

Chincha Guluva
posted: 2014-06-27 06:25:42

Svai  I don't know what this story & picture implies but if it means these bastards might have sold the game, then truly we have to look deep into ourselves as Africans. we are a cursed nation really

marvstyle khosi
posted: 2014-06-27 06:30:32

The people to blame in this case are not players but greedy officials. Cameroon once won Afcon with out getting paid. Mali players were paid by Keita last Afcon.

Now u blame players, like u will be happy if u were in the situation. And when these players are broke at the end of the careers you laugh at them.

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