The Super Falcons have reportedly staged a sit-in protest at their hotel over unpaid allowances and bonuses following their Women’s World Cup round of 16 defeat to Germany in France.
An anonymous player reportedly told BBC that the team held an all-night meeting at their hotel in Grenoble with Aisha Falode, president of the Nigeria Women Football League.
After hours of deliberations at the meeting, the Nigerian Footbal Federation have finally promised to pay the owed fees, some of which dates back to as far back as 2016.
With a conclusion been reached, the team is now set to leave their base in Grenoble, France.
Some other player also informed BBC that a set of meetings was also held between team players and the NFF board.
As a result of the night long meetings, a total of three players have missed their flights to their respective clubs and have consequently rescheduled their return flights.
The outstanding fee also includes the Fifa participation fee for playing in the 2019 World Cup. However, according to the NFF, that fee will only be distributed to players after the conclusion of the Women’s World Cup because Football’s world governing body, FIFA is not scheduled to release the money until later in the year.
- It is said that the Super Falcons have only been paid half the 2 million naira (£4,360) they are owed from previous international matches over several years.
Five players have now received their bonuses and allowances. Due to their threats, the money is being released in bits by the NFF.
It is not the first time Nigeria have protested over unpaid bonuses – after winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 2016, the squad staged a public demonstration in Abuja, while in 2004, they sat for three days in their hotel after winning the Africa title until allowances were paid.
Germany thumped Nigeria to a 3-0 defeat on Saturday to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.