Friday, June 27, 2014

Super Eagles refuse playing France over unpaid fee, President Jonathan intervenes

The Super Eagles players today refused to travel to Brasilia for their World Cup second round game with France. It took the intervention and assurance from President Goodluck Jonathan that the players will be paid all their fees by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, before the players eventually agreed to travel.

It was reported earlier that the team opted for a meeting with NFF officials over payment of their appearance fees instead of training on Thursday.

The President was brought into the impasse by sports minister Tamuno Danagogo after federation head Aminu Maigari reported the situation to him.

In a phone call to the players who shared their fears, President Jonathan assured them that they would be paid all that they are entitled to. They then agreed to continue playing for their fatherland.

Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo has told that they would take the flight on Friday.

"I can tell you as team captain that the team will travel to Brasilia today.and we will train, and play against France," he said.

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