The Super Falcons have insisted on getting their bonuses and allowances from the Nigeria Football Federation, despite an appeal by the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung.
The Falcons, who last Saturday won their eighth Africa Women’s Cup of Nations title in Cameroon, have been protesting against the non-payment of their entitlements.
They have refused to leave the Agura Hotel, Abuja, where they were lodged since their arrival from Cameroon.
Each player of the victorious team is reportedly owed up to $25,000 by the country’s football federation. But the NFF said they were yet to raise the money.
And officials of the football federation, along with the sports minister, visited the players on Thursday to plead with them.
But the players insisted they would only call off the protest if given their entitlements.
“We are still waiting for them to bring our money because we won’t leave here until we are paid.
”The minister came to see us today [Thursday] and said they were working on our money. It’s the same old story,” one of the players said.
According to a report by The Punch, the players are angry that the officials are insensitive to their plight and are not confident they will keep to their promise of paying them their allowances.
One of them was quoted to have said: “Can you imagine that the NFF president is outside the country while we have not been paid?”
“It is a sad thing that we will work hard for the country under tough conditions and we will still not be paid what is due to us,” one of the players said.
“We have learnt from what happened to the other teams after their outings at the World Cup and we cannot afford to let the same happen to us. All we want is our money and nothing more.”
Another player said, “It is very bad that none of those in power have deemed it fit to look into our case. Is it until we take to the streets that they will pay us? Some of are breadwinners of our families and we need to get bills settled for the yuletide.
“The title we won gave us joy but we will be happier if they pay us what we rightfully worked for. We don’t want much, just our bonuses and allowances before and at the tournament, then we will leave here. ”