The Nigeria Football Federation NFF has denounced allegations that payment of bonuses and allowances for Super Eagles players is being delayed.
The Central Bank of Nigeria is allegedly holding up the payment of match bonuses and allowances owed to the Super Eagles during the 34th Africa Cup of Nations finals.
The NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said on Tuesday that the rumour is sheer idle talk without substance.
“The NFF is grateful to the CBN for the way and manner they have continued to expedite action on payment requests that we have sent to them with regards to this competition.
” It is unfair for anyone to concoct lies against the institution for whatever reasons.
“We have not experienced any delays or complication of processes at the CBN this time, and we give kudos to them for their diligence and great sense of duty.
Sanusi also praised Senator John Owan Enoh, the Minister of Sports Development, for his outstanding work in making sure that the welfare of Nigerian athletes, especially football players, is a top priority.
“We cannot thank the Honourable Minister enough for the noble and positive role that he continues to play in the development of Nigeria sports generally, especially his commitment to the welfare of the main actors in the game.
“He has led from the front in all our pursuits and we give him kudos for his efforts.”
The Super Eagles will receive a qualification bonus for making it to the knockout stages, rather than the prospect of receiving payments on a match-by-match basis, per their previous deal with the NFF.
As they advance in the competition, so do their match bonuses.