The Nigerian Super Falcons players staged a protest last night, refusing to check out of their hotel in France over non payment of outstanding bonuses, after the team was knocked out of the women’s world cup .
The players while speaking to ESPN, lamented that they are being owed up to 2million Nigerian naira( about $5,600 U.S) from two games which they played two years ago, noting that only half of the money has been paid .
They also complained that some of their daily allowances while at the world cup have not been paid, including their share of the World Cup participation fee from FIFA, even though the organisers of the tournament are expected to pay after the tournament .
They paid us 1 million [naira] and said that is all. We want them to pay the balance. Part of that money is from two years ago, the other is from three years ago. And they are also owing us five days’ daily allowance here in France.
Before the World Cup, we asked them for a meeting so that we could discuss our World Cup bonuses, like they did with the men’s team last year. They ignored the letter and nobody said anything about it until now, one player told ESPN.
Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick told ESPN that all the outstanding allowances have been paid.
We have paid them everything they are being owed.
The only thing outstanding is the participation fee from FIFA, which is not expected to come until after the tournament. But they insist that they want to get paid, as they have spoken to players from Cameroon and France, who told them they have already been paid.
This is not the first time Nigeria’s women team staged a protest over bonuses.
In 2016, they staged a protest on the streets of Abuja, demanding payment of their outstanding allowances after winning the 2016 African title in cameroon