Nigeria’s coach, Stephen Keshi will be looking to channel the energy of his squad away from reports of bonus crisis that threatens the purpose of the team towards ending the current win less run of 6 matches, when they step out against Iran at the World Cup in Brazil.
There were reports of initial disagreements between the players and the Nigeria football federation over percentage earnings from monies that may accrue to the players from what FIFA gives to the Federation but as since been resolved.
Keshi warned against distracting the team from its set goals, declaring that his players are focused on the game against Iran and will not tolerate any form of distraction.
“The players may have issues but I think they have been settled amicably, so let them allow us to play.
Assistant Skipper, Vincent Enyeama said his team-mates know what is at stake in the World Cup and will not allow personal need or greed to override national interest. “We are ready for Iran and that is what is on our minds at the moment, every other thing will be settled after this competition”.
Nigeria last won a world cup match at the 1998 World Cup; a 1-0 win over Bulgaria in its second group game and have since gone on to lose 6 matches and drew 2 from 1998 till date but missed out in 2006 after failing to qualify.
Nigeria’s meeting with Iran is the first time both countries are meeting at the FIFA World Cup finals.
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