NFF responds to protesting Super Falcon players over allowances
The Super Falcons are yet to be paid allowances and bonuses for their victorious 2016 African Womens Cup of Nation run, and the Nigerian Football Federation has promised to fix up.
Speaking to the players on Tuesday, the General Secretary of the Federation, Dr. Mohamed Sanusi told them that the economic recession had kept the NFF from keeping up with its promise of paying the allowances before the tournament.
He said to them: “There is no gainsaying that there is severe economic challenges and all organizations, whether government or private, are feeling the pinch. It is not Government’s doing; it is not anybody’s doing. We know we have financial commitment to you (players and officials of Super Falcons) and we have not at anytime stated otherwise. But the money is not readily available at the moment.
“I have come to appeal to you, to understand the situation of the Federation, to understand the situation of the country at the present and exercise patience. We will pay you all monies you are being owed as soon as we receive same from the Government, just as we paid the U17 boys who won the FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile last year, after the tournament. And just as we sorted out Coach Samson Siasia’s wages as soon as we had the funds, after the Olympics.”
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He revealed that the Falcons weren’t the only ones owed allowances, and that the Federation was looking to a permanent solution to the issue.
“As I speak with you, we are still owing the Super Eagles for the matches against Zambia and Algeria, but the memos have gone to Government and are being looked at.
“We must commend the Hon. Minister (Barrister Solomon Dalung). He has been energetically pushing the cases of the various National Teams. We did the memo for the Women Africa Cup of Nations in October and it is being processed as we speak.”
“We are also working to get monies outstanding from former sponsors of the National Teams, to complement what we are expecting from Government.
“In relation to all these, we are in the process of sorting out our TSA domiciliary accounts so that we can receive our due grants from FIFA and CAF, including the $80,000 prize money from the AWCON, once it is available.”