Abuja - The Nigeria Football Federation has made a pledge to
pay players and officials of the Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons all
their entitlements for winning the Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) for the
eighth time, even as it craved the understanding of the team that the money is
not readily available at the moment.
NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, who met with the
players and officials at the Agura Hotel on Tuesday, said the Federation is not
happy owing players and coaches, but present severe economic challenges inform
that it can only continue to seek the understanding of these persons, as well
as hoteliers, travel agents and Management and Staff until the situation
“There is no gainsaying that there is severe economic
challenges and all organizations, whether government or private, are feeling
the pinch. It is not Government’s doing; it is not anybody’s doing. We know we
have financial commitment to you (players and officials of Super Falcons) and
we have not at anytime stated otherwise. But the money is not readily available
at the moment.
“I have come to appeal to you, to understand the situation
of the Federation, to understand the situation of the country at the present
and exercise patience. We will pay you all monies you are being owed as soon as
we receive same from the Government, just as we paid the U17 boys who won the
FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile last year, after the tournament. And just as we
sorted out Coach Samson Siasia’s wages as soon as we had the funds, after the
Sanusi also recalled that the Super Eagles were owed monies
for the match against Tanzania and were paid when funds for that match was made
available by Government. “As I speak with you, we are still owing the Super
Eagles for the matches against Zambia and Algeria, but the memos have gone to
Government and are being looked at.
“We must commend the Hon. Minister (Barrister Solomon
Dalung). He has been energetically pushing the cases of the various National
Teams. We did the memo for the Women Africa Cup of Nations in October and it is
being processed as we speak.”
Stating that the NFF has embarked on aggressive drive to
find a permanent solution to the issue of owing players and coaches, Sanusi
said corporate players are now lending a listening ear to the NFF leadership
and the Federation’s finances would soon improve. “We are also working to get
monies outstanding from former sponsors of the National Teams, to complement
what we are expecting from Government.
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“In relation to all these, we are in the process of sorting
out our TSA domiciliary accounts so that we can receive our due grants from
FIFA and CAF, including the $80,000 prize money from the AWCON, once it is
The NFF scribe also appealed to media representatives to
understand the plight of the Federation, and temper their write –ups with some
“This morning, I was reading a report that the Federation is
yet to pay the Super Falcons one kobo. That is not correct. While the team was
in Cameroon, the NFF sourced for money from one of our sponsors and paid the
players N500,000 each, and also paid the technical crew and backroom staff.
“Our friends in the media should make effort to clarify
whatever information they have before going to press.”
While praising the Falcons for their tenacity and total
dedication to duty in Cameroon despite low morale, Sanusi confirmed that the
NFF is waiting for word from the Government to know when the African champions
will be hosted to a state reception.
“The reception is out of our hands. We are waiting on the
Federal Government, and as soon as we have confirmation of the date, we will
inform the players and officials to regroup in Abuja.
that the Super Falcons on Saturday in Yaoundé won the 2016 Women’s Africa Cup
of Nations (AWCON) for the eighth time after beating hosts Cameroon 1-0 before
a capacity 40 000 crowd.
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