Contrary to reports he was ruled out of the World Cup qualifier against Zambia this weekend through injury, Watford striker Isaac Success isn’t injured, but however refused to pay his way to Nigeria for the game.
According to AfricanFootball.com, Success was only ruled out after he refused the Nigeria Football Federation’s request for players to buy their own flight tickets to Nigeria.
There had been reports the NFF had asked all invited overseas-based players to fly economy and pay for their tickets with the promise they would be refunded when they arrived, a request which Success had turned down, according to the report.
Success is yet to be capped by Nigeria at senior level, but has represented the country at both U17 and U20 levels.
The NFF have also claimed the 20-year old was ruled out through injury, but AfricanFootball.com have quoted an NFF source as saying: “The boy (Success) asked about his flight ticket to Abuja and when he was told to buy it and he will get a refund on arrival, he was disgusted and preferred to stay away.”
In the same vein, NFF president, Amaju Pinnick is also reported to have confirmed to the Senate Committee on Sports that the Glass House had requested for players to pay for their travel cost to Nigeria.
The Pinnick-led NFF have continually claimed they are financially handicapped, with a report last week claiming there struggling to pay for a chartered plane to Zambia for the game, a development which the NFF have since denied.