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NFF: We Are Not Owing Super Falcons

NFF: We Are Not Owing Super Falcons

The Nigeria Football Federation has flatly denied owing players and officials of the senior women national team, Super Falcons any money, in the wake of reports earlier on Sunday that the Falcons were refusing to leave their hotel at the World Cup in France over pay dispute with the Federation.

“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 2nd Vice President, told thenff.com.

The Federation went further to clarify in detail as follows:

The monies for the Super Falcons’ preparation and participation at the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in France (and indeed the Super Eagles’ preparation and participation in the AFCON 2019 in Egypt) were recently approved by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR). But the release of the funds is still being processing by the Federal Ministry of Finance and will be concluded soonest.

Inspite of the delay in release of funds, the NFF made huge sacrifices including borrowing to ensure it gave the Falcons the very best of preparation for the World Cup in France with about 15 test games, with camps/games held in China, Cyprus, Spain, CIV, and Austria (a fact that even the team duly appreciated and agreed it was the best-ever for any Nigerian team going to the Women’s World Cup and even wrote to thank the NFF). The NFF is indeed encouraged by results achieved by the Super Falcons in France, being the first time the team qualified to the knockout rounds in the last 20 years with credible performance against some of the world’s best teams.

The NFF duly ensured it addressed all the issues raised by the team captain Desire Oparanozie via an email prior to the team resuming in camp in 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.

To this end, payments made 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.

Therefore, based on the foregoing facts, as at the time the Super Falcons set out to play Germany on Saturday 22nd June, the NFF had in spite of the challenges, ensured it met all its obligations to the players. After the team’s exit from the tournament due to defeat by Germany, the only money the NFF has to pay the players is the extra 5 days’ daily allowance of $500 to each player for the days spent from the end of group stage to the day they played Germany in Grenoble. Daily allowance is usually paid only when the days are known, as we could have defeated Germany and thus stayed more days in the tournament. Accordingly, these payments will be resolved within the next business days upon return of the team to Nigeria.

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.

Amazingly, the players later came to inform the NFF officials with the team that they heard that Cameroon and England teams have already been paid 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. The NFF further reminded the players that, during the AWCON 2018 in Ghana the NFF decided to double their match bonuses as a motivation for them to win the trophy and other countries didn’t use that as benchmark to demand the same from their Federations.

The entire issue was conclusively resolved throughout the night and the team duly left their hotel by morning enroute to Nigeria or to different holiday destinations.

In truth, the NFF is very much bewildered as to why the Super Falcons chose to embark on this route. His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari took time out of his busy schedule on Saturday to call the team prior to the match against Germany to wish them luck and assure them of Government support at all times. It is our view that whatever issues they had, they should have respected the President as a person and Nigeria as an entity and resolve to have their issues, if any, settled back home.

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  • Richie 5 years ago

    It’s shameful enough that all these are in the public domain.

    NFF should bury its head in shame, and settle the girls.

  • Janebrix 5 years ago

    Please I think it’s high time we sanctioned and warn all national team players. This is becoming a regular thing with them. Ridiculing our national name. Who owe them? They will be granting stupid interviews with reporters lying about being owed. I feel the “NFF” are too soft. Not that I am supporting owing players but it should be resolved properly. So you think by rubbishing our nation that they will pay up? Go ask about the “1990”s players how far till date. Shishi dem no see. Those were heroes that were owed. What did you people archive? Set of old legs. 

    • Ara Nkita 5 years ago

      Monkey dey work,Baboon dey chop….

      Pay the girls their dues.

      Stop ranting.

      Give them their money before Amadioha pays you a visit.

      You want to kolombi the money, abi?

      You and your Rogue friends and colleagues should just simply pay these girls.


  • Steve 5 years ago

    Nigeria is in the news in recent times due to payment of dues to our national teams , what a shame !!…even countries that doesn’t have the same resources that we do manage their resources and take care of their teams effortlessly. Buhari has not changed a single thing in this country , rather things are getting worst day by day .Why must NFF depend on the government for its sustainance?..knowing that they will receive the FIFA money in advance , why can’t they borrow from their due banks in lieu of Fifa money in order to plan ahead ?.Unfortunately this team did not performed to expectation in view of all the training and resources pump on her , the first of its kind in recent years !!..Please let these players and the authorities stop embarrassing the country , enough is enough!!

  • Oluking 5 years ago

    Just saw the playing surfaces at the different stadia in AFCON 2019, and i cannot but shake my head in sympathy and shame for our dear country where the only good and playable, national team befitting pitch is the Nest of Champions, Uyo.
    My 1million dollar question is how did we get here as a nation that we cannot even boast of quality grass surfaces anymore.
    I tire ohhh

    • Brown Sugar ( Abuja ) 5 years ago

      Bros, na mi e taya pass u.

      We simply lack maintenance culture in this part of the world.

      We are only good at building and abandoning, I still give it up to the government and people of Akwa Ibom State for maintaining that beautiful edifice in their domain.

      If u see MKO Abiola stadium foh Abuja, u go wan shared tears foh wi kontri.

      Stadium wey wi spend huge amount of pepper build, just lie fallow foh wan kona of dey city.

      No sporting activities dey shele deah and no maintenance at all.

      Dey grace don ton anoda tin finish, and foh drai sizin dey grass go ton brown, bicos no Sprinkle water foh dey stadium.

      Chaii, Naija na case study foh oda nations to mek correction.

      We don pass dis level, wey dey world go dey heah seh, wi no fi pay players allowance and bonuses, lass time foh Olympic na Mikel bail us out from disgrace as players refuse to train and play match.

      Dey money dey account mek dem no lie Jor , but, as pa seh na corrupt pipu dey manage money, na so wi go dey enjoy dey embarrassment dey go non stop, since wi no fi protest as true die hard fans foh wi national teams,to help dem fight corrupt NFF.

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