Following the news of the Eagles not training, due to non-payment of appearance fee, Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has call on Nigerians to focus on the game ahead, and not distract them. “We understand that some people are playing politics but they must leave us out of it so that we can do well here and go far in the tournament instead of making press releases and statements that will distract the team”. According to Today, the Eagles coach was not happy with the allegation that the Super Eagles were not going to play because of unpaid fees.
“We don’t have money issues here, I talk to the players and the NFF leadership every time, so I wonder what some people want to achieve by always drawing us back from our set goals”. “Please, beg them to allow us concentrate on football and not any other thing”.
Joseph Yobo also took time off to address the issue, declaring that the players want the best for the country and will not want to be dragged into unnecessary distraction. “We have reached this stage of the tournament, which is a special privilege, and we cannot afford to allow the whole of Africa and especially Nigeria down, so please let them allow us focus on our football and nothing else”.