Despite the unpaid bonuses, Nigerian defender Kenneth Omeruo assured that the Super Eagles won’t skip training during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. This commitment comes amidst President Bola Tinubu’s approval of their competition funding.
Omeruo also dismissed rumours suggesting discontent among senior players towards squad captain Ahmed Musa, denying accusations of him not representing their interests and refuting any plans to escalate the matter to higher authorities.
“The report is a joke,” Omeruo told ESPN. Musa showed us at lunch and we laughed about it.
“We are focused on our game, believing that our money will be paid. This squad is not the one to fight over money, otherwise, you would have heard that we refused to go to training even before the tournament.”
The Nigerian Football Federation General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, stated that the federation is collaborating closely with the Central Bank of Nigeria to accelerate the payment process.
“The NFF is grateful to the CBN for the way and manner they have continued to expedite action on payment requests that we have sent to them with regards to this competition,” Sanusi told ESPN.
“We have not experienced any delays or complication of processes at the CBN this time, and we give kudos to them for their diligence and great sense of duty.”
As per ESPN, the Eagles’ pre-tournament arrangement with the NFF entails receiving graduated qualification bonuses for each round reached and corresponding match-by-match bonuses based on their progress in the tournament. This marks a departure from the previous practice of being paid solely on a match-by-match basis.
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