Int Friendly: Nigeria’s clash against Cameroon under threat but Ekong confirms participation

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The two African champions meet in a doubleheader friendly encounter next month in Austria, but the matches may not go ahead

Nigeria’s scheduled friendly matches against Cameroon is at risk after many players withdrew from the Super Eagles squad, while there are complaints about unpaid salaries.

Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has called up 24 players for the two games, which will take place at the Weiner Neustadt Stadium in Austria on Friday, June 4 and 8, respectively.

However as many as six players have already pulled out of the squad, Soccernet can confirm. Victor Osimhen, Tyronne Ebuehi, Ola Aina, Simy Nwankwo, Frank Onyeka and Samson Tijani have all pulled out from the squad.

This has left the squad thin, and it’s impossible for the domestic players to be called up as it’s too late to apply for a visa.

Aside from the injury withdrawals, there is also a feeling of unhappiness in the squad as the players and coaches have not been paid salaries.

Rohr and his goalkeeper coach Alloy Agu are being owed six months and 22 months of unpaid wages, respectively.

Henry Nwosu had urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to sort out the issue before the commencement of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in September.

Although the NFF has paid the players the bonuses for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the players are yet to receive bonuses for all the 2021 Afcon qualifiers.

Meanwhile, Watford centre-back and the team’s vice-captain has confirmed his availability for the match. The former Udinese defender in a post on his Instagram page revealed he’s on his way to Austria for the clash.

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The first of the Super Eagles clash against Cameroon is on Friday at the Weiner Neustadt Stadium in Austria, with kick-off time set for 8 pm.

 

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