Super Eagles players understand they will have to wait to be paid outstanding bonuses as the football federation’s financial issues continue.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) wants to avoid a dispute ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia on October 9.
The NFF insists payments will be made when government releases its funding. “We understand the financial situation affecting the country,” one player told BBC Sport, but insisted on anonymity.
The Super Eagles are in Group B with Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia – only the winners of each group making it to the World Cup in Russia.
“We haven’t been paid our bonuses from March but we just hope that they will sort it out as promised.
“It’s only important for everyone to focus on the game against Zambia and not the money problems affecting the federation.”
The NFF, who receive direct funding from government, are in dire straits as Nigeria last month slipped into recession for the first time in more than a decade.
NFF president Amaju Pinnick had taken to Youtube to explain that the issue of unpaid wages is a very unfortunate piece of timing.
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