By James Agberebi
Former Nigeria international Etim Esin has described the delay by the Nigerian government to reward the Super Falcons as unfortunate.
The Super Falcons claimed their eighth Women’s Africa Cup of Nations title after defeating hosts Cameroon 1-0 last Saturday.
But since returning from Cameroon, the team is yet to be hosted or rewarded for their achievement, with sports minister Solomon Dalung strangely admitting that the defending champions and Africa’s No.1 women’s team were not expected to win.
The Super Falcons players and their coaches are also owed allowances and bonuses running into tens of millions of naira.
Reacting to the development, Esin posited that the current situation will only discourage up-and-coming female players from taking to football.
“With what is happening to players of the Super Falcons how would I encourage my daughter to play football? It is sad and unfortunate,” Esin told Completesportsnigeria.com.
“These ladies deserve to be rewarded as African champions. I will even suggest that the Sports Minister present the team to the first lady of Nigeria which will be very good PR for President Buhari.
“When things like this keep happening, how are we encouraging women’s football in Nigeria?
“Imagine after winning a major title up till now they’ve not been officially welcomed. Despite losing to Nigeria the Cameroonian President hosted the players to show his appreciation.
“I think it’s time to address this issue properly because things cannot continue like this.”