Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has not been paid since he led the Super Eagles to a third Africa Cup of Nations title five months ago.
However, the ex-Super Eagles captain has not made an official complaint.
And the Nigerian Football Federation has told BBC Sport that the situation is “under control”.
“Between the federation and the coaching crew, we don’t have a problem,” said NFF general secretary general Musa Amadu.
“We’ve been working together with Stephen Keshi since November 2011 and he knows the peculiar situation [financial problems] of how things are with the federation.
“We try as much as possible to pay our obligations, likewise the coach, and we’ve had a very good working relationship.
“I know the coach will not bring to the fore any such matters,” he added.
The NFF, which is in in serious financial difficulty, also owes money to assistant coach Daniel Amokachi and goalkeeper trainer Ike Shorunmu.
The football authority, which receives its funding from the sports ministry, has acknowledged the debts owed to the coaches but says they will have to be patient.
“Perhaps there are people out there that want to capitalise on such matters to create problems between the federation and the coach,” Amadu said.
“But I know that obligations to the coaching crew are always settled, and we do have the understanding of the coaching crew in this regard.
“We appreciate that understanding and right now the focus is not about what is being written in the media but it is on the CHAN qualifiers.”
It is not the first time Nigerian coaches have been not been paid.
Last December, the NFF revealed it owed Keshi two months’ salary – just weeks before the start of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Nigeria take on Ivory Coast this weekend in a first-round, first leg African Nations Championship qualifier.
Disaster is looming for the Super Eagles as Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Aminu Maigari says they will meddle in coach Stephen Keshi’s selection.
Maigari insists coach Keshi will no longer be solely responsible for selecting the squad in the wake of their disastrous outing at the Confederations Cup in Brazil.
Maigari queried Keshi’s selection for the Confederations Cup in Brazil, which Nigeria exited at the group stage, and said he is dissatisfied with the current set-up.
“The Confederations Cup is a big tournament and that’s why the other teams brought their best players,” Maigari told Supersport’s Soccer Africa show.
“Spain brought their best players, but we did not. Why would you bring a local player to play Spain at such a big stage?
‘The coach doesn’t have the sole responsibility on squad selection. We all have to contribute. This team belongs to 165 million people.
“Selections should affect all these people so we cannot continue to let this happen because we need to compete well with others.”
Maigari received widespread criticism for his revelation that the NFF will interfere with team selection.
And Keshi has been quick to assert his belief that the NFF will not meddle in team affairs.
“I understand Nigerians are emotive and sentimental sometimes but all the players that went to Brazil deserved to be there,” Keshi told BBC Sport.
“I’m the coach and I can honestly listen to constructive ideas on how we can improve as a team.
“But no-one has come to tell me who to pick and not to select. If the team fails the coach is responsible.
“As the coach, it’s my decision and responsibility. For now, the local players have earned the rights to be in the team.”
Back in February, Keshi offered to quit his post just hours after leading Nigeria to their first Africa Cup of Nations crown since 1994, following disputes with the NFF.
But he made a U-turn after an emergency meeting with Nigeria’s Sports Minister Bolaji Abdullahi in Johannesburg.
Zambia have revealed a meticulous plan to play Ivory Coast or Togo in a friendly before taking on the Black Stars in September’s must-win 2014 World Cup qualifying clash.
The Chipolopolo are also planning to camp in West Africa in a country with suitable climatic conditions as Kumasi prior to the crunch 2014 Brazil FIFA World Cup qualifier against Ghana.
FAZ general secretary George Kasengele said the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) was considering a country with similar whether patterns as Kumasi where the do-or-die qualifier against the Black Stars is scheduled to be played on September 8.
“We still have not decided on which country the team will camp because it will not make sense to camp the team in Bouake in Ivory Coast or Lagos in Nigeria where the sea level is higher than Kumasi. We are still looking at a suitable country, but it should be definitely in West Africa; we will let the nation know,” Kasengele said.
He said FAZ was also looking at the prospect of a friendly with a top African team, which he did not disclose.
“We are looking at an aspect of playing a friendly with a top African team, I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag just yet,” the FAZ official said.
But sources close to FAZ revealed that FAZ had narrowed down on Ivory Coast and Togo as potential camping sites in West Africa for the Chipolopolo ahead of the decisive World Cup qualifier against Ghana.
Ivory Coast and Togo straddle Ghana on their western and eastern borders, respectively.
A highly-placed source at Football House said they were considering camping in a location with the same altitude as Kumasi where the Group D decider will be played.
Kumasi is a four-hour drive north of Accra and is 45 minutes away by air from the Ghanaian capital.
“We are looking at camping the team in either Cote d’Ivoire or Togo; in one of those two countries centrally located towns that is in line with Kumasi,” the source said, adding; two towns in Ivory Coast have already been suggested for camp.
Ivory Coast’s administrative capital, Yamoussoukro and the country’s second largest city, Bouake are the two camping options available for FAZ.
“A final decision will depend of the type of facilities and security situation in one of those options we are looking at in Togo and Cote d’Ivoire,” the source said.
“However, should they not meet the requirements, we have an option of a third country in West Africa that we cannot name at the moment.”
There are also plans for a proposed friendly against African champions, Nigeria for Herve Renard’s men before flying into Kumasi for the crucial encounter.
Zambia and Ghana are on 11 and 12 points respectively in Group D and the Chipolopolo must beat the Black Stars to advance to the knockout stage which is the final level for the qualifiers to pick the five teams to represent Africa at the World Cup.
The final stage, first leg ties will be played during the weekend of October 11-15 and the final legs will be held during the dates of November 15-19.
Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari will be dropped for the 2014 World Cup group decider against Zambia in September, the Finder Sports newspaper has claimed.
According to the newspaper, the AC Milan ace has still NOT apologised for throwing tantrums at coach Kwesi Appiah after this month’s clash with Lesotho.
Muntari was unhappy after he was replaced by Emmanuel Agyemang Badu during the penultimate qualifier against Lesotho in Maseru.
He refused to sit on the bench and walked straight into the dressing room, a scenario which has been hugely criticized in the local media.
According to the report Muntari subsequently confronted the coach in the dressing room over the substitution – a fact that the AC Milan player has acknowledged he did.
The incident according to the paper has infuriated the Ghana trainer who is expected to wield the disciplinary axe on the former Sunderland man.
The 28-year-old is yet to publicly show remorse for his behaviour and could suffer the consequences if he fails to apologise to the coach and his team-mates.
“Kwesi Appiah is having a serious rethink about the future of Muntari in the national team,” a source close to the Accra daily claimed.
“Only an unqualified apology can save Muntari for now but Appiah is truly disappointed and hurt by the player’s actions.”
Muntari is a reformed character who has been working as the statesman and peacemaker in the Ghana squad until the latest behavioural setback.
Cote d’Ivoire have maintained their position as the best-placed African country in the latest FIFA World Rankings released on Wednesday.
Egypt regained second place on the list from free-falling Ghana who drop to third, with Burkina Faso and Nigeria making up the top five.
Senegal, South Africa, Cameroon, Algeria and Tunisia round out the Top 10 and will go into Saturday’s draw as top seeds in their respective groups.
It ensures that none of the above will be pooled together in the group stages of qualifying, though there are a few big names that all will be hoping to avoid, the likes of Morocco, Mali, Guinea and Gabon.
Only the top teams in each group will advance to the final stage of qualifying which will involve a two-legged play-off tie to determine Africa’s five representatives.
But before all that, the 24 lowest ranked sides in Africa must compete just to get into the group stages.
They will play-off in a two-legged tie, with the 12 better ranked sides, namely Gambia, Mozambique, Congo DR, Togo, Liberia, Tanzania, Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Namibia, Burundi being drawn against the 12 lower ranked teams.
They are Madagascar, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Chad, Swaziland, Comoros, Lesotho, Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti, Mauritius, Seychelles.
Mauritania have withdrawn from the qualifiers and so will not be taking part.
These 24 sides will be drawn in a two-legged tie that will be played on November 11 and November 15 this year, with the 12 teams to qualify from those matches to join the remaining 28 teams in the draw.
The 40 sides will then be drawn into 10 groups of four sides and they will play on a home and away basis in a round-robin format that will last from June 2012 to September 2013.
The ties between the group winners will be played in October and November 2013, meaning the qualification process in its entirety is two years long, taking in 154 matches.
Four key players and coach will miss Senegal’s penultimate game of the 2012 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers after receiving various bans from governing body Caf.
Fenerbahçe forward Mamadou Niang, Bordeaux midfielder Lamine Sane and the coach were each handed a one-match ban, while Issiar Dia and Olympique Marseille’s central defender Souleymane Diawara received two-match suspensions.
The referee of the encounter, Helder Carvalho, booked four Senegal players and sent off two others, Dia and Sane during a busy match where aggression prevailed, but decisions were not easily accepted by the Senegalese players or staff.
The Teranga Lions coach, Amara Traore, was also sent off for contesting the referee’s decisions, and captain Niang complained to the official too.
The Senegal Football Federation (FSF) immediately reacted to the decision, pointing at Diawara’s case as a mistake by Caf.
“Souleymane Diawara was never given a card during the match, and so needed not to be on the list. We have sent a fax to notify Caf of the error,” a statement from the FSF published on Friday by Senegal Press Agency, APS, said.
Senegal Prime Minister Souleymane Ndene Ndiaye had denounced the performance of the encounter’s referee, Carvalho, accusing Caf president Issa Hayatou – a Cameroonian – of being responsible.
“Issa Hayatou no longer have the merit to lead Caf. He sat and watched with his eyes in his homeland an officiating scandal, which does not bring pride to refereeing in Africa,” Ndiaye had said.
Senegal lead Group E with 10 points ahead of DR Congo on seven, while Cameroon, with only five points and two matches remaining, have their chances to reach the continental showpiece hanging by a thread.
Algeria is the latest country to officially declare interest in hosting the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Officials of the north African state have now joined South Africa in trying to host the event which was originally scheduled to take place in Libya.
“It might help in our bid to qualify for the next World Cup finals,” federation spokesman Abdelkader Berdja told reporters at a weekend press conference.
South Africa, which will host the 2017 tournament, has already announced its intention to offer itself as a substitute for the Libyans, should their civil conflict not end shortly.
The next Nations Cup finals are to be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon next year after which they move from every even year to every odd, starting just 12 months later in Libya.
The 2015 finals are in Morocco and the 2017 tournament awarded to South Africa, who hosted last year’s World Cup.
South Africa in April stepped in to replace Libya as hosts of this year’s African Youth Championships.
Libyan league football has been suspended since mid-February but clubs continued to play in continental club competitions, by forfeiting their right to play their home leg in knockout ties, which were reduced to a single match at their opponent’s home ground.
Not surprisingly, no Libyan side got past the third round of the African Champions League and African Confederation Cup preliminaries.
Libya’s national team used Mali as their home ground in the Nations Cup qualifier in March and played in the Comoros Islands last month.
But Libya have withdrawn their team from the All-Africa Games qualifier this weekend, handing opponent Egypt a bye into the final tournament in Maputo in September.
A definite decision on the 2013 CAN host will be made in the next Caf executive meeting in September.
Striker Asamoah Gyan was named the sports personality of the year in the 36th edition of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana Awards held in Accra on Saturday.
The Sunderland ace fend off competition from international teammate Richard Kingson and IBF bantamweight boxer Joseph Agbeko to emerge winner of the grand prize in a colourful ceremony held at the Banquet Hall of the State House.
Gyan also picked up the award of Footballer of the Year beating competition from Richard Kingson and Andre Ayew.
The 25-year-old gained international recognition in the year under review(2010) when his three goals helped the Black Stars to an unprecedented 2010 Fifa World Cup quarter finals berth – equaling the African record in the tournament in the the process.
His exploits at the mundial earned him a £13m move to English side Sunderland where he became an instant hit with the fans at Wearside.
Gyan, affectionately called Baby Jet, led Ghana’s attack and sent them to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola in February but lost out on the trophy to Egypt.
The ex Liberty Professionals player came second to Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o in the 2010 Caf Footballer of the year award.
His popularity became profound when his was featured by hiplife artiste Castro to produce the famous African Girls hit track.
Veteran Nigeria striker Perpetua Nkwocha has announced her international retirement.
The 35-year-old’s announcement follows the Super Falcons poor performance at this year’s Fifa Womens World Cup in Germany where they failed to make it past the group stages.
“This is certainly my last World Cup and the best time to leave the stage for the younger ones to express themselves.
“Nobody can say that l have not contributed to the growth of the game, but right now it is time to move up in life,’ she said.
Nkwocha has represented Nigeria at four African Women Championships between 2002 and 2004, winning all four, three Olympic Games tournaments and three World Cups.
She overtook Mercy Akide as the leading goal scorer at the African Women Championships, although she has failed to score at the World Cup.
It is an imbalance she is keen to redress.
“We have the game against Canada being our last but all hope for me is not lost even though l thought that by now l would have scored,” she said.
“Against France l played very deep and against Germany l played in the midfield so maybe this time around l could be placed in the good position that would enable me score.”
Cote d’Ivoire has knocked Ghana of the perch as the topmost ranked team on the African continent in the latest Fifa/Coca Cola rankings released on Wednesday.
Amassing 922 points, the west African state is now ranked 14th on the world rankings – bettering last month’s 21.
Victory over Benin in the 2012 Africa Nations Cup qualifier played a significant role in the leap as they recorded an impressive 774.00 in the month under review.
Ghana, the previous occupants of topspot in Africa on the other hand, dropped a massive 18 places and are now ranked 33rd in the world.
Tunisia broke into the top 1o, sending Libya to 13th while Cameroon dropped just one place.
Top 10 African rankings (Fifa rankings)
1. Cote d’Ivoire (14)
2. Ghana (33)
3. Egypt (34)
4. Burkina Faso (37)
5. Nigeria (41)
6. Senegal (43)
7. Cameroon (47)
8. South Africa (48)
9. Algeria (51)
10. Tunisia (57)