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Nigeria ends bonus dispute and travel boycott

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NIGERIAN FOOTBALL authorities have managed to resolve a player bonus dispute which had risked the country’s place at this month’s Confederations Cup in Brazil.

It was revealed yesterday that the whole Super Eagles squad had intentionally missed their scheduled flight to Brazil from Namibia – the reason was because players were unhappy with the bonuses they had been offered after drawing 1-1 with Namibia.

The bonus row was settled after the country’s sports minister Bolaji Abdullahi intervened – the team is now scheduled to fly out to Brazil tomorrow, and their first match is against Tahiti on Monday.

One Nigeria player told BBC Sport: “It's been resolved and we will land in Brazil by Sunday.

“The whole issue has been resolved and we can now concentrate on the Confederations Cup.

“We are now hoping that the government live up to their promises and pay us once we get to Brazil.”

In a statement, the federation’s general secretary Musa Amadu said: “We are shocked, like every Nigerian, at the attitude of the players.

“It is incomprehensible because the NFF president Aminu Maigari and myself sat down with the management of the Super Eagles, including coach Stephen Keshi, to explain why we had to slash the bonus and other measures taken as a result of our financial constraints.”

It was reported that the players wanted $10,000 bonuses after beating Kenya 1-0 in their World Cup qualifier, and that they were offered $2,500 after the Namibia game, which led them to remain in their hotel meaning they missed their original outbound flight to South America yesterday.

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