EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria threaten to boycott Olympics q/final, shun training over pay

EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria threaten to boycott Olympics q/final, shun training over pay
Nigeria Olympic team - Sincere Seth is squatting second right

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Aug 11, 2016. 19:53

Nigeria have threatened to boycott a Rio Olympics quarterfinal and have already skipped training in Salvador because they insist on receiving the balance of their allowances in Brazil.

READ: Mikel saves Nigeria Olympic team again

ALSO READ: Nigeria, Colombia through to Olympic q/finals

Nigeria won Group B despite going down 2-0 to Colombia on Thursday and will face Group A runners-up Denmark in Salvador by 8pm Nigerian time on Saturday to determine the team for the semifinals.

The team are now ready to make history for the wrong reasons by staying away from the match against Denmark unless their remaining monies are paid.

AfricanFootball.com learnt from competent sources that the players spent close to a month in the Atlanta Georgia, United States of America, training camp site before their departure for the ongoing Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

The players, according to the source, disclosed, “The players said that their level of patriotism has already dwindled because of the way they have been treated by the government officials prior to the Olympic Games.

“Now they said they won’t step out to train until the remaining balance of their training and camp allowances are paid.

“Not only that, they have threatened not to play the quarter-final against Denmark on Saturday until all the monies owed them are paid.

“As we speak now, the only money that the players have received was the $150 dollars per day for 11 days, while there are more than that 11 days still to be paid and no extra money was received for the matches played so far”, the source also disclosed.

The coach Samson Siasia-led team have already been overtaken by drama and controversies in the last few weeks, from the players stopping their coach from quitting his post to the team being stranded for several days at their training base in Atlanta, Georgia.



COMMENTS
Sign in with:  
Sign in to comment