Ahmed Musa Says Super Eagles Are Yet To Get Their Allowances
Ahmed Musa

Ahmed Musa Says Super Eagles Are Yet To Get Their Allowances

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Ahmed Musa has revealed that the Super Eagles are yet to receive their outstanding, allowances and bonus from the Nigerian Football Federation.

The Super Eagles vice-captain squashed reports that the team had received their camping allowances and bonus for the wins over Burundi and Guinea.

Ahead of the second game against Guinea, the Nigerian players had held a protest over their unpaid wages as they refused to attend the pre-match conference.

Ahmed Musa who was supposed to address the media alongside coach Gernot Rohr 24 hours before the game was absent from the presser with Gernot Rohr confirming the players were in an important meeting with the country's football administrators.

They were promised that the money would get to them once the Federal government finalized the process of getting the funds to the NFF.

But on Saturday, at the pre-match press conference for the last group game against Madagascar, Musa revealed that the players were yet to get their money despite media reports to the contrary.

"Yeah, I think we heard something about that but we haven’t seen anything maybe before I go back something will happen but we have talked to ourselves that we have to keep that aside and concentrate on what we are here for," Musa said.

“I know that we have some issues but we sat down and talked to ourselves and said we don’t have to make that issue to be our problem in the camp so as you can see, we came out in the last game and proved to ourselves that we can do it.

"So, saying that there is something coming up, we don’t know maybe there is something we just talked to ourselves that we would have to just keep on going when the FA is ready, they are ready.”

The Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia forward noted that this kind of problems wasn't peculiar to only Nigeria as it spread amongst all African countries.

He further advised African governments to be more proactive in planning for teams attending international competitions in order to prevent incessant embarrassments caused by money problems.

“I think it’s not only in Nigeria, all Africans we have the same issue each time we have tournaments. So I think the government has to think about this, it is not always we keep on embarrassing our own country in every tournament, so I think all over Africa we have to look into this, anytime we go into tournaments we see some teams saying that they are not coming because of money.”

The Super Eagles will face Madagascar on Sunday in their final game in Group B, and Musa who recalls making his debut against the Berea in 2010 expects another tough match.

"I know how important this game is, I think my first game for the Super Eagles was against Madagascar in Calabar in 2010. I have played against them and they are very good but we’ll see who is going to carry the day tomorrow.

“We know that it is a very tough game, Madagascar play very good and have very good quality players but we are not afraid of any country, we are just coming there tomorrow and after ninety minutes, we’ll know who is the best team.”

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