Monday, June 30, 2014

USA Africa Dialogue Series - RE: World Cup 2014: Nigeria boycott training in money row


Yes, on both of them.





From: [] On Behalf Of Akurang-Parry, Kwabena
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2014 10:36 AM
Subject: USA Africa Dialogue Series - World Cup 2014: Nigeria boycott training in money row


Are our governments and sports officials failing our national soccer teams? The Black Stars had the same problem of non-payment of bonus money(see below). Some of the players demanded the payment of appearance fee of $70, 000 per player. This led to altercation between some players and officials. As a result, Sulley Muntari, the mid-fielder, slapped an official of the Ghana Football Association (GFA). The GFA sacked Muntari from the team. In fact, the players demanded to be paid "hard cash" before resuming training for the match against Portugal.  President John Mahama had to intervene via phone from Ghana. Eventually "raw" cash of 3 million dollars had to be airlifted to Brazil to pay each of the players $70,000 dollars. There is no doubt that these distractions compromised the ability of the Blacks Stars to focus on the task ahead. May be Nkrumah was wrong after all: the Black "man" cannot manage his own affairs.



World Cup 2014: Nigeria boycott training in money row By Ian Hughes BBC Sport The Nigeria squad at the World Cup have missed a scheduled training session in a row over bonus money.

BBC Sport understands the players believe they are each $15,000 (£8,800) short of what they were expecting for reaching the last 16 in Brazil.

They refused to train in Campinas on Thursday and officials later confirmed the session had been cancelled.

Nigeria are scheduled to play France in the knockout stages on Monday having finished as runners-up in Group F.

BBC Sport has learned the problem lies in the interpretation of the bonus structure, with the players believing they will only receive $10,000 for their win 1-0 over Bosnia-Hercegovina and $5,000 for the 0-0 draw with Iran.

The players' understanding was they would receive a $30,000 payment for qualifying from the group.

However, it is believed the Nigerian Football Federation's offer to the players includes the agreed win and draw bonuses plus 30% of the prize money due from Fifa for reaching the knockout stage.

This is understood to rise to 40% of the prize money from Fifa if Nigeria were to win their round of 16 match, 50% for a quarter-final victory, 60% for a win in the semi-final stage and 70% for lifting the trophy.

While all parties work to find a resolution to the misunderstanding, coach Stephen Keshi has insisted it will not affect the team's performance.

And it has been confirmed to the BBC that the players will travel to Brasilia on Friday as scheduled and will train in the evening and over the weekend.

It is not the first time the Super Eagles have made a stance over money - last year they arrived late for the Confederations Cup in Brazil



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