Members of Nigeria’s senior women’s football team, the Super Falcons, have staged a peaceful protest at the gates of the National Assembly to demand for the payment of the allowances due to them in the just concluded African Women’s Cup of Nations, AWCON, which held in Cameroun.
Recall that Nigeria emerged champions in the tournament but since the team arrived the country, they have been allegedly dumped in a hotel in Abuja without any word on how their allowances were to be paid.
The players have remained at the hotel, refusing to hand over the trophy to officials of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, until they have received their payment in full.
However, some senior members of the team who ply their trade outside the shores of Nigeria have since rejoined their respective clubs.
The ladies say they were at the National Assembly Complex in order to bring their ordeal to the notice of President Muhammadu Buhari who is expected to visit the National Assembly today to present the 2017 budget proposal before the lawmakers.
Reports have it that each of the Falcons players is owed about $16,500 for winning the tournament in Cameroon, but have only been paid a total sum of N600, 000 – approximately $1, 900.
It was gathered that the players are also owed bonuses and allowances from the qualifiers leading up to the AWCON.