Despite winning the Copa Lagos Beach Soccer Tournament crown for the second year running, members of the Supersand Eagles are not happy at the delay in the payment of their entitlements for this competition and the intercontinental Beach Soccer Tourney in Dubai.
It is no longer news that the Beach Eagles successfully defended the title won last year at the expense of Brazil. They won after a nail-biting 8-7 victory over Portugal at the Eko Atlantic Beach Soccer Stadium on Sunday. But a top player of the team has vented his frustration on the Nigeria Football Federation for the shabby treatment meted out to the Beach Eagles team.
Ikechukwu Ibenegbu, the hero of the final match between Nigeria and Portugal whose goal fetched the country the cup during the extra time, has voiced out his anger at the inability of the NFF to settle their agreed match bonuses for the three day competition like it was in Dubai.
He said the NFF's lip service to the Beach Eagles shows that the football house treats the team as the least of the national teams, an action he predicts may force members of the team back down on their output for the country or decide not to honour the call up in future outings.
"We won the cup again and it meant so much to us and our career. We are happy to win it but we are sad that we have been promised yet again that we shall get our entitlements just like it was in Dubai.
"They told us that our case would be taken to the NFF president and we are told to return to our various clubs with empty stomachs.
"We cannot continue to play with empty stomachs. Something must be done to ensure that we get our money as and when due. It is a shame that the payment of our money for both competitions we went for in Dubai and this one in Lagos have both not been attended to," Ibenegbu said.