The Super Eagles defeated Nigeria Professional Football League side Akwa United 3-0 in a friendly game inside the
Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on Wednesday amid floodlight failure.
The friendly was a preparatory game ahead of Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania.
Goals from Brown Ideye, Nosa Igiebor and Odion Ighalo sealed the win for the Eagles.
The Eagles went 2-0 up in the first half thanks to goals from Ideye and Igiebor. And in the second half, Ighalo made it 3-0 from the penalty spot.
The Super Eagles started with Ikechukwu Ezenwa in goal, with Shehu Abdullahi, Elderson Echiejile, Porto youngster
Chinedu Awaziem and Jamiu Alimi in defence.
Echiejile, who just completed a loan move from Monaco to Standard Liege, was sent off in the second half for two
Musa Muhammed, Nosa Igiebor and Wilfred Ndidi started in midfield, while Rio 2016 star Imoh Ezekiel, Brown Ideye,
and Victor Osimhen formed the attack.
However Super Eagles players and their officials will not be paid win bonuses if they defeat Tanzania on Saturday in
their Africa Cup of Nations dead rubber qualifier in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State because the Nigeria Football Federation is
Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick on Wednesday disclosed that the NFF will not be able to pay the
bonuses of the Super Eagles because the money is not there but pointed out that the players would get their money as
soon as the NFF get the money from government.
“We have to appeal to the players to be patient with us as we cannot be able to pay them now, but we shall pay when
we get the money,” Pinnick said.
“It is a very tight situation but we are trying to find means of cushioning the effects of this on the players and
“I mean we could have been in deep trouble if the Akwa Ibom State government did not accept to host the Super Eagles
game with Taifa Stars of Tanzania. They have been able to remove the huge hotel bills which usually run into about
N50 million. We are grateful to them for bailing us out of this because we don’t have such money.”
Both Nigeria and Tanzania have been eliminated from the 2017 AFCON as Egypt have claimed the only ticket open to
their qualifying group.
Meanwhile Complete Sports report that the Nigeria Football Federation have written to the Federal government for
intervention as it seeks funds to prosecute the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
“It is true that we have written to the federal government through the minister of youth and sports to intervene and
bail us of the financial difficulties we are going through. The situation is so bad that we doubt if our junior
women’s teams will be able to attend the two FIFA World Cup championships that they have qualified for this year,”
an NFF source told Complete Sports.
“Our dear Super Eagles are also in danger of not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia if the fund paucity
persists. You cannot believe it that if not for NFF president Amaju Pinnick who stood as guarantor with a bank, we
might not have been able to raise flight tickets for Super Eagles players for the game against Tanzania on Saturday.
It is so bad that only government can bail us.”