Why Nigeria’s Super Falcons have not been paid – Lai Mohammed
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed says the economic downturn in the country may have been responsible for the non-payment of the allowances of Super Falcons ’ players and officials, africanews.com reports.
Members of the Nigeria Super Falcons squad recently seized the trophy they won at the just concluded African Women Cup of Nations in Cameroon, saying they will not release it until the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) pays them all outstanding bonuses and allowances.
They claimed the NFF owes them a debt of N238.05million.
Some of the players claim the NFF owes each of the 23 players as much as $25,000 U.S dollar (about N11.25million).
An investigation reveals that the Ministry of Youth and Sport is handling the situation.
Meanwhile, Nigeria Sports Minister Solomon Dalung says the ongoing standoff over bonuses for the Super Falcons, the newly crowned women football champions of Africa, is sad.
The Minister told newsmen that the NFF was to blame for the situation for not submitting the request for funds for the team in good time.
Dalung stated that the government was working tirelessly to resolve the situation and that the government was working to fix structural problems which have been behind similar situations with other sports federation adding that the Super Falcons are also owed allowances and other payments, including their bonus for qualifying for competition.
However, one of the players said that their sit-in at the Agura hotel would not end until they each player receives a total of $23,650.
Recall that Nigeria’s national women’s football team sealed their eighth African title on Saturday with a 1-0 win over hosts Cameroon.
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