Top Senior Super Eagles Players Confronts Musa Over Delayed Payment Of Bonuses, Allowances

Some senior players in the Super Eagles squad at the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) tournament is no longer taking it lightly with team captain Ahmed Musa reports.

Reports has it that the Nigeria Football Federation NFF, is yet to pay Super Eagles players any of their match winning allowances since 2023 AFCON started.

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Super Eagles Captain Ahmed Musa to lead the team to AFCON glory
Super Eagles Captain Ahmed Musa in action for Nigeria

In fact, reports has it that team Captain Ahmed Musa has failed to carry the rest of the team along on discussions concerning their welfare. Especially as it concerns payment of match bonuses, allowances and other entitlements.

Senior Super Eagles players unhappy over delay in payment of allowances

SCORENigeria  reported that one of the players who stood in for Ahmed Musa in one of the matches had confronted the former VVV Venlo winger over issues concerning their welfare.

“There is a serious issue of trust between Ahmed Musa and the other players when it comes to pursuing their entilements,” one of the players told SCORENigeria

“They believe he has not represented their interests.”

Some of the senior players have already threatened that they are ready and may have to go “above and beyond” their captain and take the matter to a higher level soon.

“How do you expect Ahmed Musa to take on the NFF to get the entitlements of the team when they did him a very big favour by getting him on the AFCON squad?” another source rhetorically asked SCORENigeria.

Recall the NFF announced before the competition that it would pay each player a win bonus of $5,000, $2,500 for a draw and a daily camp allowance of $200.

But the federation under the leadership of Ibrahim Musa Gusau, has only managed to settle the camp allowances accruing from the team’s camping in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and some daily allowances in Cote d’Ivoire.

Super Eagles charging towards a fourth AFCON title
Super Eagles during a training session

A source who sought anonymity while speaking to the Guardian Nigeria revealed that the delay in payment of bonuses was as a result of CBN’s delay in releasing funds.

According to the source, the Super Eagles and the NFF is in a good relationship, and will continue in that direction when they’re paid regularly and on time.

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“This NFF board is trying to build a good relationship with the players based on trust and we believe paying them their entitlements when due will help in cementing this relationship. That is why we are worried that the CBN is delaying the release of the money,” the official said.

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