Lagos - As preparation gathers steam for the November 12
World Cup qualifier cracker against the Desert Foxes of Algeria at the Godswill
Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, present and former officials of the national team, the
Super Eagles have been speaking on what may derail the team, especially as it
concerns broken promises and outstanding allowances.
A former skipper of the national team who does not want his
name in print, says it will be shocking for Nigerians to learn that Africa’s
richest man, Aliko Dangote, who is even prospecting to buy English top Premier
League side Arsenal FC, is yet to redeem the $1million he promised the team
after its triumph, at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Cup. The skipper was
quoted by former Super Eagles Media Officer Ben Alaiya.
He also revealed that former UBA Chairman and now Chairman
of its holding company Heirs PLC, is also owing the 2013 champions $1million
and has refused to pay up after the duo made promises to former President
Goodluck Jonathan and having several meetings with the national team officials
on how they hope to ensure that the promises made in the euphoria of the team’s
victory at SA 2013 is redeemed.
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“What it simply means is that these men including another
airline owner Alhaji Ishaku Rabiu, are owing a dead man like Stephen Keshi
several millions of naira, which no one forced them to pledge in the
celebrations that attended the 2013 Nations Cup win. These are the issues that
normally derail the national team when they are preparing for major qualifier
and championships and we will never stop talking about them until they pay up.”
It was also revealed that the Nigeria Football Federation is
owing the late Stephen Keshi and his technical team three match bonuses
including the win against Sudan in Abuja (3-1), win away in Congo Republic
(2-0) and the 2-2 against Bafana Bafana in Uyo. All the dues have been signed
for by the officials but the NFF is yet to redeem them even before Keshi died.
“In these days of transparency and change, those in
authority should ask them to pay up these bills so that the team will focus
proper on the qualifications. If a Japanaese millionaire can dash our Olympic
Bronze medal winning team several millions and has already redeemed same while
shouldn’t our so called billionaires and the football federation meet up their
obligations to the national team”, the former captain queried.
that the Super Eagles will be playing their 50th World Cup qualifying home
match when they take on the Fennecs of Algeria at the Godswill Akpabio
International Stadium, Uyo next week Saturday.
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