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Last Updated: Friday, 1 June 2007, 13:57 GMT 14:57 UK
Nigeria strike averted
By Andrew Jackson Oryada
BBC Sport, Kampala

Nigeria striker Nwankwo Kanu
Nwankwo Kanu has confirmed a threatened strike is over

The Nigerian team have confirmed that their threatened strike has been called off and their 2008 African Cup of Nations game against Uganda will go ahead on Saturday.

The overseas-based players in the Super Eagles squad missed their scheduled flight from Kenya to Uganda on Thursday demanding a US$3,000 bonus for beating Kenya in a friendly in Nairobi last weekend.

Despite the players eventually boarding a later flight on Thursday evening, the shadow of a strike lingered on Friday morning.

Striker Nwankwo Kanu ended the speculation on Friday saying: "We have agreed to play the game and not to strike."

"We have resolved to play the game and get the three points to qualify for the Nations Cup next year, the bonus issue is now a matter of the past."

The Super Eagles' German Coach Berti Vogts, who did not want to go into details of the bonus crisis, told BBC Sport that they are ready for the game and rearing to go.

"We want to beat Uganda convincingly on their own turf because they claimed they were cheated in the first leg when we beat them 1-0," said the former Germany coach.

While in Kampala, Kanu also talked about his heart foundation which he hopes to come back to Uganda to launch officially later in the year.

The Kanu Heart Foundation is aimed at helping children with heart related ailments.

Kanu himself suffered with a heart problem earlier in his career.

SEE ALSO
Teams close in on Ghana 2008
31 May 07 |  African
Nigeria defeat Kenya in friendly
27 May 07 |  African


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