Thursday, June 13, 2013
'''IT IS 5,000 DOLLARS OR NOTHING! SUPER EAGLES STAGE PAY STRIKE, REFUSE TO TRAVEL TO BRAZIL
Players of the Super Eagles of Nigeria refused to fly to South Africa from Namibia, Thursday, due to a row over match bonus for the World Cup qualifier matches.
The African champion refused to take a $2,500-a-man bonus for Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Namibia in Windhoek.
They were to have boarded South Africa Airways flight SA075 in the morning from Namibia to Johannesburg, but a sport correspondent Arafat Aliu, who was also on the same flight, informed they did not turn up.
“The team are not on board. All the seats in business class are empty,” Arafat said.
“Rather other passengers on this flight have been asking me when the players we board.”
The Super Eagles were to have flown out of Windhoek to Johannesburg on Thursday afternoon, and be on their way to Sao Paulo, Brazil, minutes before 6pm South African time.
They would then arrive Sao Paulo by midnight and connect immediately to Belo Horizonte, venue of their opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup against Tahiti on Monday.
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Aminu Maigari met with the team Wednesday night to explain to them that the organisation is broke and so the need to be prudent in their spendings.
The Eagles, however, insisted they be paid at least $5,000 for a 1-1 draw with hosts Namibia on Wednesday night as they were not properly communicated on this pay slash.
Media reports had also suggested there was a players’ revolt in Kenya over pay when the Eagles beat the home team last week.
The players wanted to be paid $10,000 each for the win in Nairobi.
Top officials had flatly denied this row.
Cash-strapped NFF have been forced to cut back on the backroom staff of the various national teams including the Super Eagles after a very expensive AFCON campaign in South Africa.