The Africa women champions, Super Falcons have remained adamant and vowed not to leave their Agura hotel rooms till they have been paid all monies owed them by the Nigeria Football Federation.
According to sources from the hotel, the girls have been paid N100,000 each last Friday but its way below how much they are being owed. According to the players, each member of the Super Falcons is being owed the sum of N12.3m ($25,650).
The girls are protesting the non-payment of bonuses and allowances dated back to the All Africa Games last year. A sit-in protest by the Nigerian women’s team stretched into a 10th day as the players vowed not to give in until bonuses and other allowances were paid.
They began their protest after arriving on Sunday December 4 from Cameroon, fresh from winning the African championship for a record eighth time to make the Super Falcons the continent’s most successful women’s team.
Each of the 21 players is owed $25,500 from their Cameroon triumph. The players also said that the NFF was owing them money for a 2016 Olympic qualifier, an African championship qualifier and last year’s All-Africa Games.
“We don’t trust them. This is our money and we must collect it before we leave this hotel as we do not trust them to pay us if we accept their pleas,” said one of the players, who did not want her name published. “They want us to leave this hotel and those monies are gone the moment we agree to do so.
They know it and we do too, so we’re staying put.”
Meanwhile, the NFF President Amaju Pinnick, was in Abuja on Tuesday running around to see how they would placate the girls and reach an agreement on how the money would be paid.
The NFF General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi has assured the ladies that the entitlements would be paid as soon as the Glass House receives the money from the government
This is not the first time the Super Falcons are having a sit-in protest over their unpaid bonuses and allowances.
Shortly after winning the 2004 AWCON in South Africa, the Super Falcons refused to leave their hotel, protesting their unpaid allowances and bonuses from the tournament. They got their money after staying five days at the hotel.