Falcons are Protesting Because They Want to be Paid in Dollars: NFF

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SWITZERLAND, JUNE 24 – The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has responded to the sit-out protest by the Super Falcons of Nigeria in France over unpaid allowances.

According to media sources, they were owed bonuses from two games, against Gambia and Senegal, from as far back as two years ago, amounting to N2m (about $5,600).

In an interview with international sports station, ESPN, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick explained that the players demanded to be paid in United States dollars, rather than in naira.

Pinnick was quoted as saying, “As far as we are concerned, that is a non-issue as the bonuses they are asking for have been paid. The problem is that the players wanted to be paid the bonuses for home matches in US dollars, but that is no longer the rule under this government.

“All transactions for home games must be paid in naira.”

Nigeria had reached the knockout stage before losing 3-0 to Germany in the round of 16 on Saturday in Grenoble.

The players, however, refused to leave their hotel rooms, demanding payment of outstanding allowances from the NFF.

Before the protest, the Falcons reportedly held an overnight meeting with officials of the Nigeria Football Federation but were not convinced with the resolutions reached.

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