Victorious Falcons return, take protest to Abuja

The Super Falcons celebrating their 10th African Women Nations Cup victory after beating Cameroun 1-0 in the final in Yaoundé… on Saturday. PHOTO: CAF.

The Super Falcons celebrating their 10th African Women Nations Cup victory after beating Cameroon 1-0 in the final in Yaoundé… on Saturday. PHOTO: CAF.

Players may protest unpaid allowances

Players and officials of the victorious Super Falcons arrived in Lagos yesterday from Cameroon, where they defeated the Lionesses to win their 10th African Women Nations Cup title.

The players were received at the Murtala Muhammad Airport by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick and other board members, including Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau.

Amaju led the team from the airport to Ikoyi, where the chairman of Emzor Pharmaceuticals, which is one of the official sponsors of the NFF, had lunch with the players and officials.

After the visit with Emzor officials, the team left for Abuja, where they hope that Sports Minister and the NFF will make good their promises of settling their outstanding allowances.

Some of the players told The Guardian that they would be forced to openly protest their unpaid wages or refuse to vacate their hotel rooms if the officials failed to pay their outstanding allowances.

According to some of the players, who spoke with The Guardian aboard the Asky Airline flight yesterday from Douala to Lagos, said they would not leave Abuja without their entitlements.

The players said they were surprised that the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, had the money to charter a plane from Nigeria, which waited for him until after the final game against Cameroon when he is telling everybody that there is no money for the team.

The players said that if the minister and his large entourage which compromises Amaju, Shehu Dikko, Seyi Akinwunmi, Chris Green, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme and some government officials could sneak into Yaoundé on a chartered flight just to watch the final and sneak out without having a word with them, they should be able to look for money to settle them.

One of the players, who pleaded anonymity, said, “the Cameroonian team was promised 22 million CFA, which is N20 million, if they could beat us, but even our allowances have not been paid.”

She said that while the coaches are owed their monthly salaries and camp allowances and match bonuses since March, the players are yet to receive winning bonuses for the two qualifiers against Senegal, as well as camp allowances for their period in camp and the winning bonuses for all matches in Cameroon.

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  • tunde008

    They should not keep quiet otherwise their allowances will not be paid to them.This is the worst minister in the whole wide world.

    • Finalman

      He is such a useless minister, a clog in the wheel of progress

      • Mazi JO

        How do we clean that clog? An over circuited power drill you might say. Else we must not stop going through the motions of shameful management of our Sports.

    • Full blooded Nigerian

      Every achievement recorded recently was down to the commitment and sacrifices of the athletes. The administrators are so incompetent. They always have more is to junket around but never have money to pay due wages of the players

    • the thinker

      HAHAHAHAHA, you mean they should shut up or else! lmao

  • Emeka

    The administrators are simply rogues. I have said this before and i am repeating here and will continue to scream it until these thieves are removed. I don’t know why Buhari has continued to give his administration a bad name by retaining rogues like Dalong in his cabinet. They sneaked into Yaounde in a chartered flight in a period of recession just watch a match without even speaking with the players. What a shame! What other way to describe corruption? They are using tax payers money for rubbish and they keep blaming Goodluck Jonathan. Useless people.

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  • Auta62

    Something must be wrong with this red Barrett wearing minister of sport. The Super Falcons should insist on being treated fairly, else have themselves to blame.

  • Mazi JO

    Why are these dogs-in-the manger-officials still there. There can never be a competition our internationals are involved in that the players do not complain bitterly. Why is it sinful to fire them? They have been so entrenched the Country is just rudderless while talents abound. Why are smaller Nations registering successes more than Nigeria? It is shameful, uncharacteristic and unpatriotic for these complaints to be happening every competition the taxpayers resources are spent. Clean house, please!

  • Ladies have done what so many men have failed to do yet keep getting discriminated

  • Apostel

    Sports Minister Solomon Dalung sees our glorious Super Falcons as Prostitutes, that’s why he don’t like to pay their outstanding allowances.

  • ola

    Unbelieveable this country is regressing at every single count.

  • pmagroup

    When some people say that our country is fantastically corrupt, you ask yourself why are they saying so but that is fact, our country is corrupt and some don’t see what they are doing as bad, rather they feel it is the way to do it. Very shameful that such is happening and worst that it is happening in a modern century when it is not bad to stand on your right.

  • Philip Oladele

    Why are we like this in Nigeria? In spite of all the cleaning up that is on-going, the Minister and some government officials will live in affluence at the expense of those who are actually doing the hard work! Let us be sincere about CHANGE!!!!

  • augustine

    I am sure PDP members and pro-Biafra ipob members will blame Buhari for this one too as usual, everything that goes wrong in their toilet and bathroom na Buhari cause am ??

    • Law Abiding Citizen

      Usu raa nne gi there !