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U-23 Eagles yet to share Japanese $390,000



Japanese Olympic largesse not ready, says Mikel

Players and officials of the bronze winning U-23 Eagles are yet to get the $390,000 gift from Japanese surgeon, Katsuya Takasu, contrary to reports making rounds that the money has been shared.

The cheques were written in the names of team coach Samson Siasia $200,000 and Mikel Obi $190, 000 respectively since it could not be done on individual basis.

And Mikel has promised to settle the concerned individuals during the Super Eagles match with Tafia Stars of Tanzania Africa Nations Cup qualifier in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

But a member of the team disclosed that the process of clearing both cheques is cumbersome.

“We are still waiting to be paid since Coach Siasia said the process of getting through international banking system is difficult.

What we have been paid is only our camp allowance before and during the Games. As I am talking now, we are still waiting for that money,” he said.

The money had on announcement generated an alarm from former International, Peterside Idah that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) wanted to intercept the cheques, although the football house denied it.

The NFF said what it wanted to do was to conduct the integrity test of the background of the gift.

The Japanese we learnt later on complained over the move by the NFF to question the integrity cheque claiming they only did as foundation.

Meanwhile the Under 23 team handler is already shopping for a job abroad since the expiration of his contract with the NFF.

Siasia is only waiting to collect his outstanding salaries before announcing his next move.

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