President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shocked over unpaid allowances of the Super Eagles players taking part in the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, (AFCON), in Egypt.
The Nigerian Football Federation, (NFF), had last week in a statement said President Buhari had approved the release of funds for the players.
The fund was released after Super Eagles players protested against their unpaid allowances and match bonuses at their Helnan Palestine Hotel in Egypt.
Speaking to State House correspondents, the governor of Plateau State, said he came to give President Buhari report as government delegation to Egypt.
On his visit to the Presidential Villa, Lalong said: “I came to see the president on behalf my state and on behalf of the 19 northern states as chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum. I came in to have a discussion with Mr. President.
“Of course, many of you know that I just came back from Egypt where we went to cheer our Super Eagles and I also brought him the concerns of our players over there and he promised to handle the matter immediately.
“Because, football is a unifying factor in Nigeria and we shouldn’t joke with it; if they bring back the cup, it will cement our relationship and that is one of it.”
On some of the concerns of the Super Eagles, the governor said: “Well, many of the concerns raised were that their allowances were not paid and Mr. President expressed surprise that he signed the allowances and wondered why they were not paid to them.
“I was a footballer; it’s not like before when you play football out of patriotism, now it’s combined with the economic aspect. When you bring people, definitely from the ministry, you must ensure that their allowances are paid. We went there for the joy of it and the day we were there they won their match but when we left yesterday, I understand they lost to Madagascar.
“Defeating Guinea and allowing Madagascar to defeat us is a surprise, but I think with good motivation, these boys would bring back the cup.”