Super Eagles players boycotted Tuesday’s pre-match conference and could boycott Tuesday evening’s training.
Nigeria’s preparation for Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tie with Guinea suffered a setback as a bonus row took centre stage.
The Super Eagles laboured to a hard-fought win over Burundi in their first game and could earn a ticket to the Round of 16 should they triumph over the National Elephants in Alexandria.
A player was expected to accompany Gernot Rohr to face the media at a press conference before the game against Guinea but only the Super Eagles coach showed up.
There was confusion over the reason why the unknown player was absent with the CAF media officer present announcing that the player was ill while Rohr said the player had to stay back at the hotel for a meeting.
Unpaid bonuses are not new in Nigerian football. First, it was the Nigeria U20 team who embarked on a sit-in protest and refused to leave Poland after their elimination from the Fifa U20 World Cup in Russia.
Recently, the Nigeria women’s senior national team, which was kicked out of the Women’s World Cup in France, declined to leave their hotel until all outstanding bonuses were paid – a claim the NFF denied, insisting Thomas Dennerby’s ladies were not owed.