Players and officials of the victorious Super
Falcons arrived in Lagos yesterday from
Cameroon, where they defeated the
Lionesses to win their 10th African Women
Nations Cup title.

The players were received at the Murtala
Muhammad Airport by the Nigeria Football
Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick
and other board members, including Alhaji
Ibrahim Gusau.
Amaju led the team from the airport to Ikoyi,
where the chairman of Emzor
Pharmaceuticals, which is one of the official
sponsors of the NFF, had lunch with the
players and officials.
After the visit with Emzor officials, the team
left for Abuja, where they hope that Sports
Minister and the NFF will make good their
promises of settling their outstanding
allowances.

Some of the players told The Guardian that
they would be forced to openly protest their
unpaid wages or refuse to vacate their hotel
rooms if the officials failed to pay their
outstanding allowances.
According to some of the players, who spoke
with The Guardian aboard the Asky Airline
flight yesterday from Douala to Lagos, said
they would not leave Abuja without their
entitlements.
The players said they were surprised that the
Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, had the
money to charter a plane from Nigeria, which
waited for him until after the final game
against Cameroon when he is telling
everybody that there is no money for the
team.

The players said that if the minister and his
large entourage which compromises Amaju,
Shehu Dikko, Seyi Akinwunmi, Chris Green,
Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme and some government
officials could sneak into Yaoundé on a
chartered flight just to watch the final and
sneak out without having a word with them,
they should be able to look for money to
settle them.

One of the players, who pleaded anonymity,
said, “the Cameroonian team was promised
22 million CFA, which is N20 million, if they
could beat us, but even our allowances have
not been paid.”
She said that while the coaches are owed
their monthly salaries and camp allowances
and match bonuses since March, the players
are yet to receive winning bonuses for the
two qualifiers against Senegal, as well as
camp allowances for their period in camp and
the winning bonuses for all matches in
Cameroon.


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