Abuja - The Nigeria Football Federation has expressed
heartfelt appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) for directing that
players and officials of African champions, Super Falcons be paid within days,
following the team’s protest at the Three Arms Zone on Wednesday.
“We are grateful to the Presidency for the prompt action,
and we believe this will put the minds of the players at rest. It has been a
very difficult time for the NFF; no official of the Federation was happy that
the players and officials could not be paid their entitlements immediately
after the tournament.
“It is not as if the Federation did not plan to pay the
players and officials their entitlements. The NFF expected some money from a
number of sources but this did not work out. They are champions and deserve to
be treated as such; there are no doubts about that,” Ademola Olajire, NFF’s
Director of Media and Communications, said on Thursday.
Olajire also stated that there was no time the NFF directed
that the players should be ejected from their Agura Hotel, and decried claims
that no official went to see the players at the hotel.
“The NFF is at the receiving end of all these, but at the
end of the day, fair is fair. Before they left for Cameroon, the country’s Vice
President went to meet with them at a training session. Also, despite the
difficulties, the Federation was able to make the sum of $5,000 available to
the Team Administrator for logistics. The NFF President personally visited the
team and prayed with them.
“Before the team played South Africa in the semi finals, the
NFF reached out to some sources and raised money to pay each player the sum of
N500,000. The NFF President was on the tarmac of the Murtala Muhammed Airport,
Lagos to receive the team and celebrated with them on arrival, impressed it on
NFF partner Emzor to host the ladies to lunch and the company gave the team the
sum of N1.6million.
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“On arrival in Abuja, the team was received by the NFF
General Secretary, Head of Protocol, Head of Women’s Football and the CEO of
Jedo (a private organization), Dr. Aliyu Oroje Wammako. The NFF impressed it on
the management of Agura Hotel to ensure the comfort of the players and
officials while the Federation went about trying to raise money to pay their
The NFF spokesman explained that apart from the Honourable
Minister of Youth and Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung who personally visited the
team at their hotel, NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi was at the
hotel on two occasions and the Head of Women’s Football, Miss Ruth David has
been at the hotel on regular basis.
“After his visit, the Honourable Minister directed that the
NFF should look for money to give to the players to take them home. The players
appealed that the amount of N50,000 proposed by the Federation should be
doubled, and the NFF squeezed out N100,000 to each player and official.
Surprisingly, the players said they would no longer leave the hotel even after
“While the monies paid to the team so far may not amount to
much, these are challenging times and we expect the players to understand with
the Federation. They did not, but we thank God all these issues are almost
“This unfortunate situation calls for calm and patience on
the part of all. The NFF cannot praise the Presidency enough. The players
cannot say that nobody came to see them in the hotel, or that the Federation
ordered that they be ejected; that is not correct. We passionately appeal to
the players not to allow themselves to be used by some persons against the
Federation and the Federal Government, as such persons do not mean well for
them and their career.” For
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- News24 Nigeria