Confederations Cup

Bonus row hits Nigeria

June 13, 2013
By ESPN staff

Nigeria's participation in the Confederations Cup could be in doubt following a row over players' bonuses.

Nigeria striker Uche Ikechukwu celebrates a goal with team-mate Ahmed Musa
GettyImagesNigeria striker Uche Ikechukwu celebrates a goal with team-mate Ahmed Musa

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The Super Eagles were scheduled to begin the long trip to Belo Horizonte in Brazil on Thursday where they will begin their Confederations Cup campaign against Tahiti on Monday.

But reports suggest that they remain in Africa after refusing to travel while concerns continue over the size of bonus payments the players are demanding.

It is claimed they were offered $2,500 for the 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw against Namibia in Windhoek but they want double that amount.

Aminu Maigari, the president of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), met the team on Wednesday night in an attempt to settle the dispute and explain that there is no choice but to make cuts because of financial issues.

The NFF have had to cut the backroom staff of various national sides following an expensive Africa Cup of Nations campaign in South Africa.