Dakar - Tension in the camp of the Nigerian U23 escalated
shortly after beating Senegal to secure a place at next year’s Olympic Games
with players threatening to boycott Saturday’s final against Algeria.
The Dream Team VI, as the Nigerian U23 are otherwise called,
beat hosts Senegal in the semifinal to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics, but
their celebrations were short-lived as players threatened not to honour the
final match against Algeria if their outstanding match bonuses and allowances
are not paid.
Also read: Nigeria beat Senegal to qualify for Rio 2016 Olympics
As previously reported the News24, the players are yet to be
paid their match bonuses and allowances dating back to the All Africa Games in
September, while coaches have also not been paid their salaries for the last
In a bid to abate the players’ restiveness, Coach Samson
Siasia had to dole out $100 each to the players out of his own pocket shortly
after they drew with Algeria to qualify to the semifinal of the competition.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation have continued to
maintain that the body is cash strapped, with some officials blaming the
Treasury Single Account (TSA) as reason for them not being able to access their
funds with ease.For
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