By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
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 broke, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick told Completesportsnigeria.com 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 officials.
"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.