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NFF Yan Falcons:We no dey own una; Make una return home

The Nigeria Football Federation don deny say dem dey own players and officials of the senior women national team, Super Falcons any money.

Tori people talk say Falcons refused say dem no go leave their hotel for the World Cup in France say the Federation dey owe dem.

“We don pay the players and officials the entitlements wey due to dem for the tournament. Other outstanding bonuses and allowances were settled before the team arrive France for the World Cup finals,” Na so Shehu Dikko, wey be NFF 2nd Vice President, talk.

The Federation come further torchlight say:

The monies wey the Super Falcons’ go use prepare and participate for the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in France (and indeed the Super Eagles’ preparation and participation in the AFCON 2019in Egypt) na only recently His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari approve am. But dem never release the money.

NFF say dey made huge sacrifices wey include to borrow money to ensure say the Falcons prepare well well before the World Cup in France with about 15 test games, with camps/games held in China, Cyprus, Spain, CIV, and Austria . Situation wey the girls deserves confirm.

The NFF clap hands give the Super Falcons in France, say dis one na the first time wey the team qualified to the knockout rounds in the last 20 years with credible performance against some of the world’s best teams.

NFF say dem address all the issues wey the team captain Desire Oparanozie via an email the team resume camping for Austria and used it best efforts, to settle all the players’ claims and bonuses to so as to provide an enabling platform for the players to perform without any distractions in France for the World Cup.

NFF say Payments wey dem make to the players at the pre-World Cup camp in Austria and France (World Cup proper) are set out below:

a) 2016 Women Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier: Nigeria Vs Senegal (Home Match) played in Abuja – Win bonus of N500,000 paid to each player.

b) 2018 Women Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier: Nigeria Vs Gambia (Home Match) played in Lagos – Win bonus of N500,000 paid to each player.

c) Camp and Friendly matches played in Spain – 7 days’ daily allowance of $700 paid to each player.

c) WAFU Cup Tournament (staged in Cote d’Ivoire): Allowance of $500 paid to each player.

d) Pre-World Cup camp in Austria: 14 days’ daily allowance $1,400 paid to each player.

e) Refund made to players on visa procurement, train, bus and airport taxi from their different bases in Europe to the camp in Austria.

f) $4,400 paid to each player, being win bonus for the World Cup match against Korea Republic ($3,000) and 14 days’ daily allowance for the World Cup ($1,400). This was paid direct to each of the players’ domiciliary accounts by NFF fund managers, Financial Derivatives Company and by Friday most of the players had started receiving alerts depending on their banks.

NFF say before the time the Super Falcons play Germany on Saturday 22nd June, dem don NFF ensure say dey meet all its obligations. Dem say before Germany commot dem, na only extra 5 days’ daily allowance of $500 to each player remain wey dey owe dem.

“After the loss to Germany, the players raised the issue of their share of the prize money expected from FIFA. For qualifying to the Round of 16, the NFF is entitled to receive $1million from FIFA (being $750k qualification bonus and $250k for exiting at Round of 16.) The NFF duly reconfirmed to the team that they would be entitled to get 30% share of the fund from FIFA just like the men’s teams get (Super Eagles for World Cup/AFCON and Eagles B for CHAN) and were informed that these funds would only be available to NFF post-World Cup. The issue of sharing formula with the team was as clarified and the matter was closed”.

NFF say the thing we surprised dem be say the players later come talk say dem hear say Cameroon and England teams don already pay their share of participation fees by their Federations, and thus demand NFF paid them. “They were informed that, if indeed Cameroon and England paid their players it was certainly not from FIFA money but other sources and there are 22 other countries that have not paid as well”

They say every thing na him dey settle before the girls pack their kaya leave hotel this Monday morning to return to Nigeria or to different holiday destinations.

NFF say dem vex maka why wey the girls girls behave like that after wey President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday call them before the match against Germany to wish them luck and assure them of Government support at all times.

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