It has been reported that the Super Falcons of Nigeria refused to leave the hotel of their accommodation until their entitlements have been paid.
The Super Falcons, who on Saturday defeated Cameroon to win their 8th African Women Nations Cup title, flouted the directives of the Nigerian Football Federation’s (NFF) to vacate their Agura Hotel, Abuja camp.
“Officials of the federation came to give each of us $100 as transport allowance and told us to go home with the promise that they will pay us in January.”
“That was the same trick they used to deceive us after the qualifiers in Abuja and up till now nobody has said anything about the outstanding bills.”
“Now, they are telling us that they are making arrangements for the president to host us at the Presidential Villa. All these are stories we are tired of. We want our money, full stop.”
This will not be the first time Nigerian sports representatives are lamenting about the poor welfare and management of their affairs.
After a job well done, winning the Championship for Nigeria, the best Nigeria could have done was recognize that this was the 8th consecutive time they were winning the finals and pay them their entitlements and even more. Unfortunately, such was not the case.
In revolt, they have refused to move from their accommodation in Abuja till they are paid up to the last dime what the Nigerian government owes them.
This is coming in as a national embarrassment for the West African country.
Senator Ben Murray Bruce felt the pain of the female players and has registered his reservations for what the government had done.
“The problem we have right now is this, we care about structures, we don’t care about people… It is a disgrace what is happening to our girls, it is a disgrace what happens to our football players, our boxers, our tennis players, swimmers and all athletes representing Nigeria.
“Now we have won the competition, something as simple as paying wages to our young ladies who are the heroes of our time is not being paid because there are no contracts to be awarded.
“I urge all my noisy colleagues to please support this motion and get the government to pay the allowances of these beautiful children so that we can be great again.”