The Super Eagles will have the bonus row on their minds and if they don’t perform, questions will be asked about whether it was the right time to bring up the issue.
The row is a difficult one when you don’t know the ins and outs of it. It seems to be that African nations always have problems when it comes to paying money when it is due but they should pay the money they’ve said they’re going to pay.
It’s not the first time this has happened. It’s happened with Ghana in the past, but it doesn’t look good on the African nations when the main talking point at the World Cup is money. Whatever the money situation is, they’ve got some good players.
My pick is Ahmed Musa – he looks very lively. He’s playing for CSKA Moscow at the moment, he’s only 21 and he’s showing all his ability on the world stage. His first goal against Argentina was a great finish. He wasn’t closed down quickly enough, but his shot was so fierce that it was past the goalkeeper before he could dive.