Sunday, June 13, 2021

‘Bonuses, entitlements will not affect Eagles’ 2018 W’Cup qualification


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Super Eagles’ Captain, John Obi Mikel (left), celebrating with his teammates after leading Nigeria to a 3-1 defeat of Algeria in a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier played in Uyo. PHOTO: AFP.

Despite the Super Falcons protest over non-settlement of allowances and others by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), after emerging victorious at the 2016 AWCON championship in Cameroun recently, the NFF has said that the body would not allowed any loopholes in their quest to see Eagles qualified for the Russia 2018 World Cup.

According to the NFF’s spokesman, Ademola Olajire, all outstanding bonuses the NFF is owing the Eagles would be settled before their next game against Cameroun.

He stated that the body is working round the clock to ensure the team prosecutes the tune up matches put in place to assist them blend properly ahead of the crucial tie at home.

“I strongly believe that all bonuses owed the Eagles will be settled before the next World Cup qualifier against Cameroun. The game is more than eight months away, the NFF is putting everything in the right perspective for the success of the match,” he said.

Meanwhile, Eagles’ spokesman, Toyin Ibitoye, has also said that all the logistics needed to prosecute the remaining qualifiers have been discussed.

He said the days of the players and the officials of the football body having disagreement over the issue of bonuses and other entitlements before and after every game was over.

Ibitoye said that the senior male national team’s success so far in the qualifiers could be attributed to the well-tailored arrangements put in place to safeguard any form of anomalies since the start of the qualifiers.

He disclosed that team’s quest to put smiles on Nigerians faces still remains sacrosanct to the team.

He however added that plans are on track to make sure that Eagles beat Cameroun in Nigeria, which would give a clear chance to be in Russia come 2018 World Cup.

“Super Eagles would not have any problem on bonuses and entitlements during the qualifiers. Since the qualifiers began, the team has not faced any challenge in that aspect. Eagles’ exploit so far against Zambia and Algeria can be attributed to the players’ commitment and the arrangements put in place to settle their entitlements and other logistics. All apparatus needed by the team to execute their remaining games successfully would be put in place,” he said.

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