Eagles Demanded $2m As It Files Out Against Argentina Today

Senate President, David Mark, got a taste of the national team camp when he held a meeting with the Super Eagles in Campinas just before their opening match against Iran in Group F of the 2014 World Cup on Monday.
Mark led the Federal Government delegation to the World Cup in Brazil.
It was learnt that Mark had demanded to hear the players’ grievances with the aim of settling the rift between them and the Nigeria Football Federation over their bonus. The players allegedly asked Mark to pay them $2m immediately from the $8m the NFF was expecting from FIFA for the first round matches since he was the third in authority in Nigeria and representing the President. The players maintained that they should get 25 per cent of the money.
The players insisted that they must receive their money before their match against Iran, which eventually ended 0-0 in Curitiba.
When it became obvious that the players were not moved by his presence, the Senate President allegedly became angry. It was learnt that after the players had spoken that their coach, Stephen Keshi, who apologised to the FG delegation and the NFF members at the meeting.
It was gathered that Keshi’s apology was received half-heartedly by Mark and the NFF officials led by Aminu Maigari as they had expected him to step in much earlier.
“Keshi did apologise but that was met with subdued hisses from those at the meeting,” an official, who pleaded anonymity, said.
The FIFA money fight is a carryover from their USA camp as they had put the NFF on notice over the money before agreeing to board the flight to Brazil.
Meanwhile the team will file out against Argentina today in the last round of the first round of the competition.A draw against Argentina will qualify the Eagles for the second round.The Eagles presently has four points from two matches after winning and drawing one match each.
Fight over money is not new to this set of Eagles. Last year they arrived in Brazil late for the FIFA Confederations Cup after embarking on a strike in Namibia over match bonus.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria


  1. FG should pay them all !!! don't pocket their pay ooooo FG !!!! Wicked rulers mtcheew

  2. Why won't they be paid. Can David mark son play football. God punish all these thieves who call themselves leaders

  3. Mr David mark with all due respect , you don't have to be angry because players ask to be payed what is due them.
    Your going there is meaning less with out sorting cash matters because I am sure what you and your delegates spent in coming to brazil is more than enough to settle all their cash problems and could boost their morale.
    The players know if they don't get their money now they may not get it again.
    We all know how pensions and sallaries develop leg over night with out saying good bye.

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