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Nigeria U-23 NFF, Sports Ministry settle salary dispute after strike actions

Following the Dream Team VI players' threat to boycott their game, the NFF and Sports Ministry have moved in to solve the issues.

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Amaju Pinnick play Amaju Pinnick has promised payment of allowances for the Dream GTeam VI players (NFF)

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Sports Ministry have moved in quickly to solve the allowance delays the Dream Team VI players are protesting against.

Coach Samson Siasia in an interview revealed that the players are set to boycott their next game in protest of non-payment of their Rio 2016 Olympic Games allowances.

Dream Team VI players play Dream Tema VI players threatened to boycott their next day over delayed allowances (Twitter/Timi Ebikagboro ‏)


 “Is that how you will treat your own children? We are not street kids. We have only been paid allowances for 11 days. There is no match bonus,”Siasia told Brila FM.

Everything is upside down and the boys don’t want to play anymore. Whatever they want to do, I am with them. They are right for fighting for their rights,” he added.

President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick has quickly come in to calm the players promising that payments would soon be made to them.

Samson Siasia play Samson Siasia voiced his displeasure at the delay in his players allowances (Twiiter/NFF)


“I just finished a long telephone discussion with Siasia and I explained to him the situation the NFF is in and why he has not received his salary,” Pinnick told the official website of the NFF.  

As I explained last week, we received some money from CAF and I directed that the money be used to offset the salaries of the U23 team coaches and also for the Super Falcons’ coaches.

Dream Team VI players play Pinnick has promised that the Dream Team VI players would be paid soon (Twitter/Timi Ebikagboro)


The money has come into the NFF account but it has to first go into our TSA (Treasury Single Account) before we can access it and then use it. The vouchers for the payment have already been done.”

Pinnick also revealed that the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung has sent accountants to the U-23 team hotel to pay the allowances of players and officials.

Solomon Dalung play Solomon Dalung has sent accountants to the Dream Team VI hotel (Twitter/Timi Ebikagboro)

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The Honourable Minister instructed the accountants to also pay the four alternate players, who are not accredited for the Games. We commend him for his efforts,” NFF president added.

Nigeria will on Saturday, August 13 face Denmark in the quarter-finals of the football event of Rio 2016.

The match will be played at the Arena Fonte Nova at 8pm Nigerian time.

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