Over unpaid allowances and bonuses by the Nigeria Football Federation, The Nigeria national women’s football team stages protest in Grenoble Hotel in France, refusing to leave until their demands are met.
According to ESPN, the sit-in protest started after their elimination by Germany in the Women’s World Cup on Saturday.
The players told Press that they would not leave the hotel until they are paid the bonuses they are being owed from two past games, against Senegal and Gambia from last two and three years.
According to reports, the total bonuses they are owed is about $5,600 U.S. which is alleged that they have only been paid half of the money.
Meanwhile, Nigeria Football Federation through their president Amaju Pinnick on June 23rd said that all the remaining allowances have been paid, denying owing the Super Falcons saying;
“We have paid the players and officials the entitlements due them for the tournament and other outstanding bonuses and allowances were settled before the team arrived at the World Cup finals,” Shehu Dikko, NFF’s second Vice President said in the statement.
The NFF also revealed that they paid the sum of N1.7m ($4900) to each player for seven days’ daily allowance for camp and friendly games in Spain before the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, N179, 500 ($500) per player as daily allowances for the 2019 WAFU Women’s Cup in Cote d’Ivoire and N502, 000 ( $1,400) per player for 14 days’ allowances at the pre-World Cup camp in Austria.
The NFF also revealed that money approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for the Super Falcons preparation and participation at the 2019 World Cup is still being processed and that they had to borrow to ensure the team had the best preparations.
The Super Falcons had also demanded camp bonuses in France and part of the participation money the NFF will get from Fedral International Football Association.