Super Eagles goalkeeper, John Noble, has spoken out about his struggles with depression due to the fact that he has not received his $25,000 AFCON allowances, which he earned nearly a year ago.
He has revealed that he is the only player who has not received his money, and that he has been trying to get in touch with the NFF and other officials to find out why.
The NFF had previously complained that the CBN had not released the funds for the goalkeeper, but it has since been revealed that other members of the team and coaching staff have received their allowances.
Noble expressed his disappointment and misery at not being paid, despite having worked hard for the money.
Despite his attempts to contact the NFF and others in charge, he has yet to receive his earnings.
“I have been battling with depression for months over my unpaid Afcon bonus, but I feel this is the right time to talk about it,” a sobbing Noble told Soccernet.ng in a no-holds-barred interview.
“I feel miserable knowing that the NFF settled the female national teams’ outstanding bills last month. Honestly, I can’t comprehend what is going on and why I haven’t been paid up till now.
“Maybe someone is holding on to my money or maybe it’s because of something else. That remains a mystery. I feel really bad every day and this gets to me knowing fully well that I worked for this money.
“I have been reaching out to the NFF since last year and all they tell me is ‘hold on’ I have been waiting. I have reached out to the NFF president [Ibrahim Gusau] and those who I know are in charge, but nothing has been done.
Interestingly, he was the only local-based player in the squad to the AFCON.
I have submitted my correct account details
John Noble has denied Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa’s claim that he submitted the wrong dollar account number, which is allegedly causing the delay in receiving his earned $25,000 AFCON allowance.
Musa stated that Noble, along with a few other players in the squad, submitted an incorrect account number, but Noble claims that he has never submitted the wrong number and has received his AFCON camp allowances through the same account.
Despite his attempts to resolve the issue, he has not yet been paid, which has left him emotionally drained and incurring several debts.
“I have never submitted a wrong account number. This is the same account where I got my Afcon 2021 camp allowances through the secretary,” Noble told soccernetng in an interview.
“Suddenly, it has become a wrong account when it got to the time of getting the big one. My bank is even tired of me because I go there every day.
“Right now, I feel emotionally drained knowing well that this money will solve many problems.”
Noble appealed to the NFF to pay his allowance before something unforeseen happens to him.
He stated, “I am using this medium to appeal to the NFF to look into my matter before another thing happens to me.”