Dalung: Sports Ministry, NFF Didn’t Expect Falcons To Win AWCON

Dalung: Sports Ministry, NFF Didn’t Expect Falcons To Win AWCON


Nigeria's minister of sports  Solomon Dalung has admitted that the Federal Government did not expect the Super Falcons to win Women's Africa Cup of Nations which ended in Cameroon on Saturday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.



The ladies, who won the competition for the eighth time in the tournament format era, have not been paid their entitlements and are staging a protest.

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Although the Super Falcons went into the tournament as defending champions and favourites, Dalung claimed that their triumph in Cameroon somehow came as a surprise and the authorities were not prepared for it.


“Don’t forget that nobody even knew the team would emerge victorious," Dalung told State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday. 

“If we were confident they woupd emerge victorious, all the federation would have done was to plan for the process of participation and entitlement.


“It is already established in sports tradition, when you win this is what you are entitled to.


“The situation is highly unfortunate and I don’t like it. These girls have given confidence to women who want to embrace sports, so this will go a long way in killing this laudable achievement. It is unfortunate but we will make sure the right thing is done."


The Nigeria Football Federation claimed that they paid the players N500,000 each in Cameroon but were not able to settle the rest of the entitlements due to a cash crunch.


Some have put the figure being owed the players at as much as over N200m in allowances and bonuses.

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  • ANTHONY 5 years ago

    "MINISTER OF ADULTS AND SPOT" Dalung is it not better you dont say anything again as regard your preplanned actions to the AWCON winners than to soil your hands the more in a bid of defending your ungodly action. ENEMY OF YOUTH PROGRESS. 

  • okponku 5 years ago

    come oh  this man well at all? i don see say this man na enemy of progress, how somebody go voice out this kind words, we never expect them to win? i hope say na joke. dat why he even say make super eagles buycott world cup say them no fit win am. me don see am say naija no go dey for the next nation cup na him plan am too. i no know when oga on top go throw this man away from that post. him just want kill naija sports. just see wetin happened for olympic preparation ,abi the U20/ U17 boys. 

  • may God help Nigeria .

  • Origins 5 years ago

    I am sure that this man has an IQ the size of an ant's.And by the way, that's an embarrassment to the ant kingdom.A minister saying such stuff?#WeepMyBelovedCountry.