Abuja - Sports minister Solomon Dalung has directed the Director
General of the National Sports Commission to source for funds to offset the
outstanding match bonuses and allowances owed the national U23 team players and
The team, which is currently in Senegal for the CAF U23 Africa
Cup of Nations have not been paid their match allowances and bonuses dating
back to the All Africa Games last September and News24 reported of the tension
in the team’s camp before their group game against Egypt, with players reluctantly
showing up for training.
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The Nigeria Football Federation have consistently maintained
they are cash strapped, and as a result are yet to meet their obligations as it
regards the team.
hosts Senegal on Wednesday in one of the semi-final games for a place at next year’s
Olympic Games in Brazil.
in order to abate the tension in the camp over their unpaid allowances and
perhaps to boost the player’s morale, head coach, Samson Siesta gifted the
players $100 each after they secured their passage to the semifinals with the
0-0 draw against Algeria.