Super Eagles’ Coach, Stephen Keshi did the country proud when the team won the 2013 African Cup of Nations. He also led the national team to the ongoing Football World Cup in Brazil.
The Nigeria squad at the World Cup have missed a scheduled training session in a row over bonus money. The players believe they are each $15,000 (£8,800) short of what they were expecting for reaching the last 16 in Brazil. They refused to train in Campinas on Thursday and officials later confirmed the session had been cancelled. Nigeria are scheduled to play France in the knockout stages on Monday having finished as runners-up in Group F.
The problem lies in the interpretation of the bonus structure, with the players believing they will only receive $10,000 for their win 1-0 over Bosnia-Hercegovina and $5,000 for the 0-0 draw with Iran. The players’ understanding was they would receive a $30,000 payment for qualifying from the group. However, it is believed the Nigerian Football Federation’s offer to the players includes the agreed win and draw bonuses plus 30% of the prize money due from Fifa for reaching the knockout stage. This is understood to rise to 40% of the prize money from Fifa if Nigeria were to win their round of 16 match, 50% for a quarter-final victory, 60% for a win in the semi-final stage and 70% for lifting the trophy. While all parties work to find a resolution to the misunderstanding, coach Stephen Keshi has insisted it will not affect the team’s performance.
Was it right for the Super Eagles to have cancelled their training because of match bonus?