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NFF addresses bonus issue

12 August 2013, 12:03

Abuja - The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has stepped in to avoid a recurrence of fights over bonuses ahead of the eagerly-anticipated Nelson Mandela Challenge against South Africa on Wednesday.

The federation assured there would not be such disputes, adding the players had agree to the earning they would be paid for the match.

According to the football mother body, each of the Super Eagles that will form part of the team to honour the anti-apartheid activist will earn $2 500 as an appearance fee.

The earnings will be regardless of the result of the match scheduled for the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

In June, NFF and the players were deadlocked over match bonuses ahead of crucial World Cup qualifiers and the Confederations Cup. Nigeria crashed out of the latter, which is a dress rehearsal of the World Cup scheduled for Brazil next year.

The issue of bonuses have been a contentious subject in the Nigerian camp ahead of preparations for major tournaments.

This has been blamed for the team’s performance in the African nations Cup, save for the 2013 edition that they won, and the World Cup.

Accusations have been publicly traded with the players have accused the NFF of undermining while the federation has slammed the footballers for lacking patriotism.

Meanwhile, the duo of Chelsea of England stars, Victor Moses and Mikel Obi, are expected to join the Super Eagles in South Africa on Monday while John Ogu has also confirmed his arrival ahead of the match.

Both Mikel and Moses were part of the team that won the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa.

 – CAJ News



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