The Super Eagles of Nigeria squad have threatened to boycott national team engagements after 18 months of unpaid wages and bonuses by the Nigerian Football Federation.
There are also reports that the NFF are making desperate efforts to raise funds from the government and sponsors to pay the embattled Super Eagles squad.
It was gathered that members of the squad had planned to protest the poor treatment meted out on them before the AFCON reverse fixture against Sierra Leone.
But they dropped the idea after throwing away their 4-4 advantage in Benin.
In a chat with BBC Sport Africa and cited in Complete Sports, a player stated that Nigerians will blame the squad if they go on strike, saying they are being owed.
“Our initial plan was to address it before the game in Sierra Leone but we all saw what happened.
“I don’t think they (NFF officials) can keep quiet if they’re unpaid by their bosses. They’re quick to blame the players for defeats but happy to celebrate the success of the team.
“If the players go on strike they blame us for being money hungry and selfish yet this is money they owe us.
“There are (training) camp allowances and match bonuses not paid to us and the technical crew since July 2019 and that’s not good.”
Meanwhile, NFF President Amaju Pinnick has revealed that the national football body is doing everything possible to avoid the strike and pay the Eagles.
He added that the players and coaching crew will be paid soon as NFF is already seeking financial assistance from the government and sponsors.