Nigeria payments dispute settled ahead of Confederations Cup

Africa Cup of Nations champions Nigeria will fly out to South America to compete in the Confederations Cup tournament which starts this weekend.

BBC Sport confirms the Super Eagles’ have settled a dispute over bonus payments between their players and the Nigerian Football Foundation. The row had meant the team missed a scheduled flight out to Brazil, putting their participation in the eight-team tournament in doubt.

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke told a news conference: “I’ve spoken with the team manager and they will be in the plane on Saturday and they will arrive for the Confederations Cup. The problem is solved.

The team had refused to leave Namibia after a World Cup qualifier in midweek. They were angry after not being paid bonus money that was allegedly promised after Kenya were defeated in an African qualifier last week.

The players wanted to be paid £6,370 for winning the match, but the Football Foundation had refused to pay up, due to issues with their financial footing.

This isn’t a new issue for African teams in major competition. Togo almost withdrew halfway through the 2006 World Cup through a similar dispute, wrecking their preparations for matches in their maiden tournament.

Nigeria’s first game in Brazil is against unfancied Tahiti on Monday.

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