Super Eagles Ready To Face France As President Goodluck Jonathan Wades in Over Pay Row

Super Eagles striker John Mikel Obi has dispelled rumours that the row over bonus payments to the Nigerian team was hampering training for the match against France on Monday.

The Chelsea player told the BBC that the issue has been amicably resolved and that the team were now fully focused on winning the match against France in Brasilia.

Admitting there was some talk of boycotting training by some of the players, Obi said, “There were discussions here and there between the players, coaches and the football association – this is what happens anywhere.”

“I play for Chelsea and this is how it works everywhere. It wasn’t a problem,” he said.

The players were thought to have refused to carry on training or even fly to Brasilia- the venue for their show down with France, as they insisted on being paid their agreed bonuses before the end of the tournament.

This is thought to be in an effort to prevent a similar issue which occurred during the last confederations cup where the players were allegedly not paid after the tournament.

President Jonathan was forced to personally step in to assuage the fears of the players on Friday, assuring them that their payments would be made.

The President reportedly put a phone call to the team to tell them the Sports Minister Tamuno Danagogo was on his way to Brazil on Friday with their payments.

At a Press Conference on Sunday ahead of the match, Coach Stephen Keshi told the press that there was no major issue concerning money and that all was well in camp.

According to Match of the day presenter Simon Brotherton on Twitter, Keshi said “There was not a major issue, just something we wanted to highlight and everything is well.” He also reportedly said there were no delay in payments. 

Super eagles Coach Stephen Keshi and Mikel Obi at the Press Conference in Brasilia  on Sunday. Image: Simon Brotherton/Twitter

Super eagles Coach Stephen Keshi and Mikel Obi at the Press Conference in Brasilia on Sunday.
Image: Simon Brotherton/Twitter

The Super eagles are now in Brasilia, training for their qualifying match against France at 5pm on Monday.

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