U23 AFCON: Nigerian players, officials owed allowances
U23 AFCON: Nigerian players, officials owed allowances
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U23 AFCON: Nigerian players, officials owed allowances

A report coming out of Nigeria camp at the U23 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt says players and officials have not been paid their allowances.

The U23 AFCON kicks off on Friday with host Egypt locking horns with Mali at the Cairo International Stadium in the Egyptian capital.

According to Punch, Nigeria’s players and officials arrived in Cairo for the tournament, hoping that they would be paid before the commencement of the competition.

It was gathered that officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) communicated the team’s grievances to the sports ministry.

While officials in the sports ministry are blaming the Ministry of Finance for the delayed payment of the players and officials, Punch reports that the issue will soon be sorted.

“Following the demand of the U-23 team for their unpaid bonuses and allowances, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development swung into action immediately to find out why the funds were being withheld," a statement by the media office of the sports minister assured.

“The sports ministry, through the minister, Sunday Dare, had before now approved the payment of all bonuses and allowances due to the U-23 team.”

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