Super Eagles Match Bonuses Will be Paid Before Zambia's Game - Olajire

By Augustine Akhilomen

The Nigeria Football Federation’s Assistant Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire has disclosed that the Glass House is yet to pay the Super Eagles players their match bonuses despite receiving 10million naira from the Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel.

The Super Eagles defeated their Taifa Stars counterpart 1-0 in Saturday's 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo and left for their respective clubs in Europe without receiving their match bonuses.

Contrary to reports in some media that the NFF converted the money to pay the allowances and bonuses of the players, Olajire revealed that the Super Eagles are yet to receive their match bonuses for their Tanzania's win on Saturday.

He said that the money was meant for the organization of the match where the daily allowances of the players were paid from and not their match bonuses as widely reported in some media.

"That is a white lie.Let me state that the Executive governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel gave the 10 million naira to the Nigeria Football Federation after Amaju Pinnick approached him to help NFF for the organization of the match.It just through the organisation of the match that paid the daily allowances of the players," Olajire said.

The NFF media spokesperson also revealed that the Federation is working round the clock to ensure that the players get their bonuses before the team travel to Lusaka to face Zambia in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on October.

"The NFF didn't pay the match bonus of the players even though that will be paid before the team next World Cup engagement against Zambia on October after they must have gotten some money. But what they were able to pay was the daily allowances of the players and I can tell you that the team captain and NFF president were present when the money was paid. Anybody can reach out to his Excellency to clarify was the money was meant for." he concluded.
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