Caf gives assurance over bonus payments owed to clubs

By Oluwashina OkelejiBBC Sport, Lagos
Sakibu Atanda of Sunshine Stars

The Confederation of African Football says it has made arrangements for three Nigerian clubs to receive bonuses owed to them from continental tournaments in 2011.

Caf told BBC Sport that the money has left its bank account.

However, it seems the money has not yet filtered through to the three clubs - Enyimba, Sunshine Stars and Kaduna United.

According to the chairman of Kaduna United, Sabo Babayaro, whose side crashed out in the group phase of the 2011 Confederation Cup, the club have not heard from the continent's governing body.

"That's news to me. We have not heard from Caf or the Nigeria Football Federation concerning this payment," Babayaro told BBC Sport on Monday.

"No-one from the Caf headquarters requested our bank details, maybe they spoke with other clubs but they have not contacted Kaduna United."

The other clubs, Enyimba and Sunshine, were semi-finalists in last year's African Champions League and Confederation Cup competitions, respectively.

"I have checked and made all necessary enquiries but nothing has come from Caf," Sunshine Stars chairman Mike Idoko said.

"Maybe they need to explain to us precisely when the transfer was done."

Suleimanu Habuba, Caf's communication director, says there is no cause for alarm, insisting the payment has been sorted.

"Caf has received the account details of the respective clubs and bank transfer has been made," Habuba told BBC Sport.

Two-time African champions Enyimba and Kaduna United are both absent from this year's continental tournaments.

But there was a stunning comeback by Sunshine Stars in the Champions League on Saturday as they beat Recreativo de Libolo of Angola 3-0, making it 4-4 on aggregate and sending Sunshine through to the third round on the away goals rule.