The Nigeria senior national team have reportedly met with the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) twice over an appearance fee for the country’s participation in the World Cup.
An authoritative source have confirmed to InformationNigeria.com that discussions are still ongoing and no agreement has been reached, however, the government is believed to have approved the sum of $12.2m for the team.
Super Eagles skipper, Joseph Yobo, who alongside John Obi Mikel met with the NFF boss Aminu Maigari in the USA three days ago, have disclosed to AfricanFootball.com that the discussions will continue.
“Yes, there was a meeting,” the Fenerbahce of Turkey defender said. “That’s very true and the meeting is going to continue.
“I have to make sure my players are happy as I’m captain of the national team and if the players are not happy, there is no way I can be happy.”
Yobo also maintained he and his colleagues are not playing for the Eagles because of money, but insists they will press for their entitlements while on national duty.
“We don’t play for Nigeria because of money. But when you work somewhere, you are entitled to certain things. You can’t deprive players from asking for their rights, this is normal.
“We are not demanding for anything that we are not used to,” Yobo explained.
The skipper added: “There is no problem. We are ready to play for Nigeria. And we won’t let this to affect us.”
According to officials, the Nigeria squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa received 25% of the federation’s earnings from Fifa, for participating in the previous tournament, where they failed to make the knock-out round.
The players got an initial payment of $500,000 with the balance payment made subsequently.