The Super Falcons squad, in a battle with the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF have seized the trophy they won at the just concluded African Women Cup of Nations in protest for all their outstanding bonuses and allowances.
The 8-time AWCON champions have also reportedly refused to vacate their hotels in their battle to get their entitlements from the NFF.
Some of the players claim the NFF owes each of the 23 players as much as $25,000 (about N11.25million), totalling up to about N238.05million, an amount that has accumulated over time.
The Super Falcons have insisted they will not leave their hotels in Abuja, until the federation meets their demands and also made it clear they will not release the trophy too, although the NFF has promised to pay the players.
NFF secretary-general, Sanusi Mohammed had earlier pleaded with the champions to be patient with the federation for the payment of their allowances.
NFF president, Amaju Pinnick on the other hand, had ordered the players to leave their hotels saying that the NFF has no money to pay up rather than sweet talk them. The players were offered N50,000 each but they rejected it; demanding for all their outstanding allowances.
The players have lamented Nigeria’s failure to treat the team in the right manner, despite having brought the country honour by winning the trophy for the nation after a bruising battle with Cameroon, stressing that they are waiting for the Federal Government to intervene in the matter.
Hear striker Francis Ordega;
“If I had not played for Nigeria at full international level, trust me I would have played somewhere else.
“The U-17 and U-20 teams have been blamed for the performances at their recent World Cups, but they were poorly prepared for these competitions.
“If this continues, Nigeria will soon cease to be a force in Africa because there will be no future Super Falcons.
“Two of the Super Falcons players Onome Ebi and Ngozi Akobi sustained injuries. Ebi will be undergoing surgery for her broken arm, but yesterday there was no indication the NFF was ready to foot the bill.”
Nigeria won AWCON the title in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2014 but lost two editions of the competitions to Equatorial Guinea in 2008 and 2012.
The Super Falcons have shown dedication over the years by qualifying for every tournament. They have won the tournament by staying consistent, a feat which has been arduous for the Super Eagles. But it seems the Super Falcons are still underappreciated and often disrespected.