BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — With a row over bonus payments resolved after presidential intervention, the focus of Nigeria’s World Cup squad was back on football Saturday as all 22 available players took part in training ahead of the second-round match against France.
Victor Moses had been the main injury concern for the Nigerians but the Chelsea winger trained under bright sunshine in the Brazilian capital. Only midfielder Michael Babatunde, out with a fractured right wrist, didn’t practice.
The possible threat of Nigeria’s players going on strike over unpaid bonuses was averted late Thursday when Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan stepped in and spoke to coach Stephen Keshi and captain Joseph Yobo.
Now the players are concentrating on Monday’s game.
Keshi says “I always tell the boys that victory is non-negotiable.”