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