U-20 World Cup: Flying Eagles Blame Failure on Poor Welfare by NFF.

By Roundoffnews.com.

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles have blamed their poor performance in the ongoing U-20 world cup in Poland to inability of the NFF to accord priority to their welfare.

Some of the players made this known to newsmen on Tuesday after they staged a protest over their unpaid match bonuses and allowances.

The Paul Aigbogun side crashed out of the tournament following their 2-1 loss to Senegal in the round of 16 at the Lodz stadium on Monday.

The team has been adjudged as one of the worst produced by the country in recent time as they were unable to put up any impressive performance in the completion.

It was gathered after the game that the team were scheduled to travel back to Nigeria on Tuesday but refused to leave their hotel rooms until their outstanding bonuses were paid.

A player, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said, “We did not get a dime from the NFF and only played the games for pride.

“It was a tough tournament for us but I must confess we tried our best,” he said.

“We were promised our bonuses but some of the players felt we might not get it, hence the protest.”

Though after several pleas from the officials of the team in Poland, the players agreed to fly to Warsaw, for their journey home.

It was also gathered that players based in England, Italy, Norway and Sweden were handed air tickets to return to their respective base, while the remaining players would return today.

This is not the first time a Nigerian team wil protest over unpaid bonuses at an international competition.

At the 2004 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in South Africa, the Super Falcons refused to board their flight home in protest over unpaid match bonuses, after winning the continental title among other cases.