NFF To Leon Balogun: We Are Owing Super Eagles Only Two-match Bonuses
By Amaechi Agbo
The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF has disclosed that it is owing the Super Eagles only for Two-match bonuses, Bestchoicesport.co.ng can report.
The nation’s football body stated this in a statement on Wednesday in response to Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun who said in an interview on Tuesday said that the federation is owing the players backlog of allowances.
“Then you spoke of the unpaid bonuses. It is not a secret even and I have read something recently where the people in charge they contradict themselves and said things have been paid,” he said.
But the NFF in the statement quoted the Secretary General of the Federation, Mohammed Sanusi as saying that it is working round the clock to sort out the outstanding allowances.
“Of course, we are pragmatists and we releaize that these things can be frustrating and some people will boil over and talk about them. It is normal. Last month, during the friendlies in Austria, we were able to pay some of the outstanding bonuses and allowances.
“We are working at a pace presently to clear what is remaining. As I speak, we are owing the team bonuses and allowances from only the last two matches, and payments for these two games have been sent to the Central Bank some weeks ago.
“They will receive the monies shortly. We are equally working to pay the coaches what they are being owed as salaries,” Mr Sanusi said
Mr Sanusi said the federation deserves no joy for owing the players as well as the coaching staff
“The NFF deserves no joy in owing players and coaches their entitlements. The same players and coaches have been well-taken-care
of and provided the necessary facilities when things were normal, and as we work assiduously towards conquering the present challenges and seeing sunlight again, we expect the players, coaches and
administrative staff to show the same level of understanding that they have been showing over the past 18 months.”
As at June this year, reports the players are yet to receive bonuses for the 2020 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, while the Gernot Rohr-led technical crew are also owed seven-month salaries.