The Nigerian Super Falcons have protested at the National Assembly gate over unpaid allowances and salaries.
Super Falcons protesting at the National Assembly gate
The Nigerian female team, Super Falcons are protesting at the National Assembly gate this morning after being owed salaries and allowances more than 11 days since they defeated Cameroon to win the African Women’s Cup of Nations for the 8th time.
The team clinched their eighth African title with a 1-0 win over hosts Cameroon. While protesting today, the women wrote on placards describing the shocking manner they have been treated since they came back to the country.
They said the NFF promised them that their outstanding allowances for qualifying and their win bonuses would be sorted before the start of the competition.
“We are tired of the lies and false promises from the NFF,” one player, who insisted on anonymity, told BBC Sport many days ago.
“They told us that we would be paid before the tournament in Cameroon, but that never happened.
“We continued playing and now we are owed additional allowances and bonuses for winning the competition itself.
“The only thing we understand right now is for them to pay and stop making promises.
“We have made it clear to the NFF president (Amaju Pinnick) and General Secretary (Mohammed Sanusi) that we are going nowhere until we are paid.”
Since March, Super Falcons coach Florence Omagbemi and her assistants have only received a month’s salary. The NFF said in a statement that Sanusi met with the players and their officials at the Agura Hotel on Tuesday.
“The NFF is not happy owing players and coaches, but present severe economic challenges inform that it can only continue to seek the understanding of these persons, as well as hoteliers, travel agents, management and staff until the situation improves,” Sanusi said in a statement.
Yesterday, it was announced that the Nigerian Football Federation paid a paltry sum of hundred thousand naira [about $200] of the $16,500 accumulated bonuses from winning the 2016 African Women’s Cup of Nations in Cameroon.