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SBD Global/July 16, 2013/International Football

Nigerian Leaders To Discuss Team's Resistance To Travel To Brazil For Confederations Cup

The Nigerian national football team's initial refusal "to travel to Brazil for the Confederations Cup" is "expected to be the main agendum" at a meeting between Nigerian Sports Minister Bolaji Abdullahi and the Nigerian Football Federation's top officials, according to the PREMIUM TIMES. Players of the Super Eagles "had refused to travel" for the Confederations Cup in Brazil after their match bonuses were reduced by 50% from $10,000 to $5,000 for a win and from $5,000 to $2,500 for a draw. An intervention by the minister, who said that "he sourced for additional funds to pay the old wages," led to the players eventually travelling for the competition (PREMIUM TIMES, 7/15).

FCT QUEENS UNPAID: INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL's Mark Baber reported Nigerian women footballers for the Federal Capital Territory Queens football club "are being forced into begging and even prostitution to survive following the failure to pay their wages." The club, which plays in the Nigerian Women Football League, "has not paid players, and the situation looks unlikely to change immediately" as Nigerian Women's League and club chair Dilichukwu Onyedimma said that "nothing can be done about it as the team is government run" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 7/15).
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