Super Falcons Protest Unpaid Bonuses, Refuse To Leave Hotel In France
The Super Falcons have refused to leave their hotel despite their elimination from the world cup holding in France, the players staged a protest insisting that they will not leave until all outstanding bonuses are paid.
This is coming after they lost 3–0 to Germany in the Round of 16.
The players told ESPN that they are refusing to leave until they are paid the bonuses they are owed from two games, against Gambia and Senegal, from 2-3 years ago.
The players revealed that they are owed bonuses from two games, against Gambia and Senegal, amounting to 2 million Nigerian naira (about $5,600 U.S.), although they have only been paid half of the stated amount.
The Super Falcons also claim they are owed five days of daily allowance while at the World Cup.
One of the players told ESPN,
“They paid us 1 million Naira and said that is all. We want them to pay the balance. Part of that money is from two years ago, the other is from three years ago. And they are also owing us five days’ daily allowance here in France.
“Before the World Cup, we asked them for a meeting so that we could discuss our World Cup bonuses, like they did with the men’s team last year. They ignored the letter and nobody said anything about it until now.”
NFA President Amaju Pinnick told ESPN that all the outstanding allowances have been paid. “We have paid them everything they are being owed,” he said.
“The only thing outstanding is the participation fee from FIFA, which is not expected to come until after the tournament. But they insist that they want to get paid, as they have spoken to players from Cameroon and France, who told them they have already been paid.”