The national beach soccer team are heading for a showdown with the Nigeria Football Federation after the NFF alletgedly shortchanged them at the end of the Lagos 2016 Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations.
Nigeria lost 8-4 to Senegal in the final of the December 13-18 tournament at the Atlantic City in Lagos.
However, the Super Sand Eagles qualified for the Bahamas 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup along with Senegal.
Our correspondent learnt that the players had expected to be paid at least $1,000 ($3,000 each for winning three games) win bonus by the NFF but were shocked when the federation paid each of them N500,000, including camp allowances, for their efforts.
It was learnt that the team had wanted to boycott their semifinal match against Morocco, but the NFF’s NFF vice-president, Seyi Akinwunmi, pleaded with them to play the game.