Nigeria turn attention to France after bonus row

June 29, 2014 at 7:21 pm
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, France, France News, News, Nigeria, Nigeria News

Nigeria's midfielder John Obi Mikel (C) collides with a teammate as they play a game of handball during a training session in Brasilia on June 29, 2014, a day before their match against France in the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. AFP PHOTO / JEWEL SAMAD
Nigeria's midfielder John Obi Mikel (C) collides with a teammate as they play a game of handball during a training session in Brasilia on June 29, 2014, a day before their match against France in the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. AFP PHOTO / JEWEL SAMAD

With a row over bonus payments resolved after presidential intervention, the focus of Nigeria’s World Cup squad was back on football Saturday as all 22 available players took part in training ahead of the second-round match against France.

Victor Moses had been the main injury concern for the Nigerians but the Chelsea winger trained under bright sunshine in the Brazilian capital. Only midfielder Michael Babatunde, out with a fractured right wrist, didn’t practice.

The possible threat of Nigeria’s players going on strike over unpaid bonuses was averted late Thursday when Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan stepped in and spoke to coach Stephen Keshi and captain Joseph Yobo.

Now the players are concentrating on Monday’s game.

Keshi says “I always tell the boys that victory is non-negotiable.”

SAPA


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