Nigeria’s Super Falcons were forced to threaten a sit-in protest over unpaid bonuses
following their exit at the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup after the Nigerian Football
Federation (NFF) refused to honour its previous negotiations and agreement as regards the players’ match bonuses and allowances.
The Nigerian National Female Football team had a bit of a great run while their 2019 World Cup campaigm lasted but instead of the players heading back home or to their respective professional clubs after losing to Germany 3-0, they were forced to hold out for should with the NFF in order to get them to pay their entire emoluments, dating back to two years along with their World Cup allowances and bonuses.
It is the third time Nigeria’s women’s team will stage a sit-in protest over bonuses since 2004 in South Africa and 2016 in Abuja.
The previous two occasions were after players had won the African Championship.
According to reports, the players are demanding unpaid bonuses worth 5,600 dollars from a win against Senegal in 2016 and a triumph against Gambia in 2018.
For prizemoney, Nigeria had already received 480,000 dollars as preparation funds and are also entitled to one million dollars for the team’s position fee, having reached the Round of 16.
In his response, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, insisted that the football governing body has offset all the outstanding allowances.
The Super Falcons are the fourth Nigerian National side to go on strike in demand for outstanding bonuses in the last 12 months, after the Under 20 female team from France, the Under 17 boys from Tanzania and Under 20 men from Poland.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian players and officials have since left Grenoble for Abuja after a meeting with NFF officials, where it was agreed that they would pay the players their due fees.