For the first time in World Cup history, two
African nations have progressed to the
round of 16 from the group stages.
Ghana, Cameroon and the Ivory Coast
were the unfortunate trio that fell at the first hurdle.
Nigeria will meet France in Brasilia in their round of
16 clash as they look to make it into the last eight of
the World Cup for the very first time.
Preparations by the Nigeria squad for the game
against France could not have gone any worse as the
team failed to train on Thursday.
A row over appearance bonuses put paid to that with
the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) promptly
dispatching General Secretary, Musa Amadu back to
Nigeria to “get more money.”
It represents a farce ahead of Nigeria’s biggest game
in 16 years according to former international,
“The whole thing sounds like a joke. It’s a shame the
NFF never seems to get anything right on matters
like this. This is happening because we don’t put
pressure on those that represent us to comport
themselves and conduct themselves appropriately,”
Amiesimaka, popularly known as the Chief Justice of
Nigerian football, exclusively told supersport.com.
Ghana and Cameroon also had to deal with similar
situations and Amiesimaka believes Nigeria will likely
fall into the pitfall of both countries whose national
teams crashed out early in Brazil.
“We all saw what happened to Ghana and Cameroon
and I am afraid we may suffer the same fate as a
result of this sad development.
“We do not even have an exceptional team yet
players do not train before such an important game,
but can one really blame the players?
“You have to understand the players’ perspective. If
they don’t get the money now, they may never get it
“The NFF officials are only thinking of themselves
and what they are going to get. It’s everyone for
“It’s just a vicious cycle and it’s sad that all these are
happening just a few days before we play against
France,” he said.