Rohr Warns NFF Against World Cup Pay Strike
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has warned the Nigeria Football Federation against failure to pay players on time, to avoid strike.
Rohr said such an incident will affect his programme for the World Cup and consequently jeopardize his target of going beyond the Round of 16.
At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the Super Eagles, then coached by late Stephen Keshi, deliberately missed a training session in protest of non-payment of a bonus for qualifying, a situation that forced the then sports minister Tamuno Danagogo to charter a private jet and fly to South America with nearly $4 million in cash.
In 2016, Nigeria’s men’s football team known as the Dream Team, coached by Samson Siasia, were stranded during a camping session in the United States of America where they were preparing for the Rio Olympics.
The team eventually arrived Brazil few hours to its opening match against Japan. The Dream Team went on to win bronze, Nigeria’s only medal at the 2016 Olympics.
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In December 2016, the Super Falcons spent two weeks in an Abuja hotel in protest of owed monies after winning the Africa Women Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Rohr said Nigeria can go beyond the Round of 16 if such horrible conditions are avoided.
"The issue of bonuses and allowances, which are the usual African problem we see during the World Cup, must be avoided.
"Such issue will be bad for our preparation. I have told my officials and the federation president that all (such issues) be cleared before the start of the competition."
The Super Eagles is in line for a $12.5 million bonus from football's world governing body FIFA for qualifying for the finals in Russia. All 37 players used in qualifying are entitled to a share.
Squad members at the finals stand to earn more if they match or better the national side's performances in 1994 and 2014 by reaching the knock-out stages.
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