Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon
Dalung has reassured African champions, Super Falcons that they will receive
all their entitlements.
The Honourable Minister, who was in company with NFF General
Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, met with the players and officials at their
Agura Hotel, Abuja on Thursday.
"I had to make time out to meet with you ladies again
after receiving you on arrival in Lagos. In the past few days I have heard so
much about the team's grievances, challenges and issues here and there.
"I have also discussed with the leadership of the
Nigeria Football Federation but I felt it is necessary for me to come and sit
to discuss with you in order for us to understand ourselves better. The issues
with the team date back to the All-Africa Games, bothering on allowances and
bonuses. We are also aware that the coaches are also being owed.
"The point I want to make clear is that for this
competition which this team have participated in and won, we are indeed
overwhelmed by the performance of the team.”
The Minister urged the players and officials to be patient
with the Government so that their laudable achievement can be appreciated:
"Personally, I don't want this achievement to be rubbished with whatever
challenges we are facing because one thing that will stand to the end is our
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Dalung concluded by promising the Falcons that the process
to sort out their money is in process, and it will be sorted out eventually:
"But one thing I want you all to know is that there are procedures for
getting such monies from the Federal Government. It is not like an ATM that you
will just go to and bring out cash. Government has processes on how things are
done. We are still processing and pursuing the entitlements of the team."
that Nigeria Football Federation had made a pledge to pay players and officials
of the Super Falcons all their entitlements for winning the Africa Women Cup of
Nations, even as it craved the understanding of the team that money is not
readily available at the moment.
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