Eagles on pay protest in Egypt – Independent Observers

Eagles on pay protest in Egypt

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By Kunle Adedoyin

The Super Eagles of Nigeria, who are billed to take on Guinea in their second group match on Wednesday on the on-going African Nations Cup in Egypt, have embarked on a massive protest on Tuesday, shunning training and boycotting press briefing ahead of tomorrow’s match.

The team players are protesting against unpaid allowances by the Amaju Pinnick led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

The protest is coming just few days after Super Falcons refused to leave their hotel in France insisting on getting their allowances before checking out.

The Super Eagles players have indicated that they are not ready to listen to promises and entreats from  officials of the NFF, insisting on payment of the unpaid allowances.

Ahmed Musa who was billed to show for the pre-match conference failed to turn up forcing Coach Rohr to go alone for the briefing.

Media men did not fail to query the coach over why the players were not represented at the conference, to which he confessed that they stayed back in solidarity for what he dubbed a crucial player’s meeting.

Some of the players are accusing NFF of not paying adequate attention to their welfare.

“There is time for everything we cannot just continue this way promises will be made they will not be kept, “some of the players were quoted as saying.

Eagles managed to earn a lone goal victory over Burundi, raising fears that it may not be a smooth sail for the team despite having two debutants in the group.

Going into the next match against Guinea with so much protest in camp some say is an indication that the team may lose the match due to loss of concentration

The Flying Eagles, the Under 20 side, also protested in Poland during the FIFA U-20 World Cup, refusing to leave their hotel until they are paid.

Ironically while the Eagles are protesting, fillers from Guinea camp indicate that the players have vowed to rattle Eagles who currently leading the group with three points.

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