The Presidency has summoned the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick and other top officials of the federation following the protest by Super Falcons at the National Assembly on Wednesday.
The ladies who had been pressing for their entitlements since winning the African Women Championship (AWC) in Cameroon, stormed the NASS today with the hopes that President Muhammadu Buhari, who is due to visit NASS today to present the estimates of the 2017 budget to lawmakers, will see them and show pity on their plight.
The victorious Super Falcons, affirmed their superiority on the continent for the eighth consecutive time, at the recently concluded African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) where they beat Cameroon (in their backyard – Yaounde) in the final.
The record-setting victory and coveted trophy was supposed to be a Christmas gift to our soccer – loving nation but, the victorious team members have been held up in a hotel in Abuja, many days after they returned to the country with the trophy, owing to nonpayment of their entitlements.
The Chief of Staff at the Presidency, Abba Kyari addressed the players when they stormed the National Assembly to protest the non-payment of their entitlements by the NFF, promising them they will be paid this week.
The ladies led by skipper Rita Chikwelu displayed various placards to protest their shabby treatment by the NFF.
The players have also rejected the assurances of Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, who admitted no provision was made to pay them because officials did not expect to win.
Twelve years ago, the Super Falcons remained in their hotel in South Africa for three days after the Nigeria FA, as the NFF was then called, failed to pay their bonuses for winning the 2004 African Women’s Championship.