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The ex-international insists that the Nigeria Football Federation should have ironed out the Super Eagles match bonuses before heading for Brazil

Former Nigeria defender Emeka Ezeugo has blasted the Nigeria Football Federation for not doing enough to amicably settle the reoccurring bonuses row with the Super Eagles’ players.

The players of the Nigerian squad skipped Thursday's training session following a meeting with the top NFF officials over the payment of their Round of 16 qualification bonus fees dlock.

Ezeugo who was a member of the Super Eagles to the 1994 Fifa World Cup defended the actions of the players stressing that the players derserved better than what they do get.

"Did the Senate President not pay the players and officials a courtesy call in Brazil before the beginning of the world cup and we are still talking about the same thing? What's the Fifa largesse for? to relax in who's coffer?," Ezeugo told Goal.

"These players have no pensions to fall back on. Godluck Jonathan and Mark have got fancy pensions to depend on. Why are these issues not ironed out before the tournament like the Europeans, Latin Americans and the rest? You ought to know better not to apportion blame on players.

"Players are holding no one hostage here. They deserve better instead with the billions of naira made available by Goodluck Jonathan for the World Cup.

"To lead involves taking charge. The players are not leading the delegation at all. These things are sorted out at home before departing Nigeria.

"These distractions are unnecessary. If Fifa doles out 9 million dollars, they deserve 7 million dollars. A labourer deserves his wage and I mean due wages. What happened to good old motivation?," the former coach of Abia Warriors concluded.