Journalism in the service of society

Super Falcons boycott training over unpaid allowances despite minister’s assurances

The Super Falcons refused to attend their evening training session today in Casablanca, Morocco ahead of their Women’s Africa Cup of Nations third place match against Zambia billed for Friday.

The players had hinted yesterday that there would be a boycott over unpaid allowances but they were given assurances by the sports minister Sunday Dare that the issue would be resolved soon.

However, with no changes to the situation today, the players decided to boycott this evening’s session to drive home their demand for their entitlements.

The Nigeria Football Federation had shifted the blame to the sports ministry when the issue was first raised, claiming that Dare had promised to pay the players and coaches for the WAFCON tournament.

The minister then explained this morning that the money was ready but was being held back by payment processing from the ministry of finance and the Central Bank.

“The issues are being resolved. The NFF has assured the team they will get all that is due them,” Toyin Ibitoye, a senior media aide to the sports minister, explained in a Twitter post this afternoon.

“The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports has presented NFF’s request for financial intervention to the relevant quarters and it’s receiving urgent attention. FMYS doesn’t pay bonuses.”

When he was asked to confirm if the NFF submitted their ‘intervention’ request late, Ibitoye replied: “The most important thing right now is that the issue is being resolved. The processes for receiving funds from the Government take time and the team now understands this. Both the @NigeriaFMYS and @thenff are working to ensure things move at a faster pace.”

However, these explanations and assurances have not convinced the Super Falcons, who are reportedly each owed around $10,000 in match allowances and win bonuses for the WAFCON victories over Botswana, Burundi and Cameroon.

The nine-time African champions have qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup by reaching the WAFCON semi-finals, where they lost controversially to hosts Morocco on Monday after having two players sent off.

Comments are closed.

Naija Times