AFCON 2019: Super Eagles call off strike after Nigeria president intervention
Super Eagles are now set to give it all against Guinea on Wednesday after a short protest over owed monies on Tuesday.
Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari quickly stepped in and released funds for the players, which was confirmed by the Nigeria Football Federation.
The Super Eagles finally agreed to train in Alexandria, 30 minutes after schedule on Tuesday.
NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire told AFP “the matter has been resolved”, conceding that funds for the tournament had arrived late.
“The NFF received part of the money meant for the tournament today and is in the process of converting it to dollars to pay the players and officials”, he said.
“The only money they’re owed is the win-bonus for the Burundi match”, he added.
The bonuses were expected to be paid by the NFF after Saturday’s game ended.
Officials close to the team, who spoke under anonymity, told AFP that following reassurances from the NFF “the team captain spoke to the players, asking them to show some understanding after which the team agreed to train”.
Other NFF officials disclosed that the players have been paid a daily training allowance of $200-a-player from June 2 to June 30.
It could be recalled that both the women’s senior team at the Women’s World Cup in France and the men’s FIFA U20 World Cup team in Poland also embarked on pay strikes to press for their entitlements.