Eagles fume over A’Ibom gov’s cash gift

Super Eagles stars have been left fuming after a N10million gift by Akwa State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, was converted to pay for their camp allowances. Cash-strapped Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) reportedly did not pay any win bonus for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) dead rubber match against Tanzania, but overseas-based stars were promised their return flight ticket refund.

Governor Emmanuel gave the team N10million after their 1-0 win over Tanzania in a final AFCON 2017 qualifier last Saturday.

However, it was gathered by Africanfootball.com that top NFF officials got the Governor to say the money will be used to cover their 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 with their camp allowances, which is $200-a-man a day,” a team source disclosed.

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

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