The Golden Eaglets flown into the country yesterday from Brazil after crashing out from the FIFA U-17 World Cup, but their miseries were made worst when they were told to leave to their various destinations without receiving anything from the Nigeria Football Federation.
The players had hoped their winning bonuses and allowances would be cleared upon their arrival from Brazil but sources in the team revealed that they were thoroughly disappointed when the officials of the NFF only promised to get back to them.
Saturday Telegraph reliably learnt that the players did not get a dime during the tournament in terms of allowances and bonuses despite winning their first two matches.
A source told our correspondent that it was so surprising that the NFF did not give the players money in Brazil despite the fact that the sports ministry provided enough funds to clear their bonuses and allowances up to the final.
“The ministry gave the NFF money for the competition; the minister personally facilitated the provision of the funds so that the kids would be comfortable during the competition but many of us were shocked when the NFF failed to give them money and told the players they would reach out to them later. “Most of the lads would have been stranded but for the intervention of some individuals, I don’t want to mention their names, who helped out,” the source reliably told our correspondent