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Eagles fume over Gov’s N10m gift

Super Eagles stars have been left fuming after a N10 million gift by Akwa Ibom State Governor was converted to pay for their camp allowances.

The Cash-strapped Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) reportedly did not pay any winning bonus for the Tanzania match, but the overseas-based stars were promised their return flight ticket refunds.

Nigeria's John Obi Mikel celebrates after receiving the bronze medal during the medal ceremony after defeating Honduras in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men's bronze medal football match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on August 20, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GUSTAVO ANDRADE

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Emmanuel Odom gave the team N10 million after their 1-0 win over Tanzania in a final AFCON 2017 qualifier on Saturday.

However, it was gathered that the top NFF officials said that the money will be used to cover the team’s camp allowances.

“I can tell you that the players did not find this funny. They expected that the Governor’s cash gift will not have anything to do with their camp allowances, which is $200-a-man a day,” a team source disclosed.

“The NFF need to live up to their responsibilities rather than continue to depend on handouts.”

What is now left to be seen is how the NFF will overcome their financial mess in time for 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Zambia and Algeria in the coming months.


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