Super Falcons now focus on recovering allowances and bonuses' backlogs
" The team is extremely frustrated that they have had to pursue the Nigeria Football Federation for these payments before and during the tournament and may have to continue doing so afterward
By Olusola Adebayo
Barely 24 hours after the Super Falcons gallantly lost out to the Three Lioness of England, in the round of 16 at the 2023 FIFA World Cup, the Nigeria girls are now turning their attention to recovering the backlogs of allowances and bonuses which date to 2021, www.234sportsng.com reports.
The world players union, FIFPRO on Tuesday confirmed that they are assisting the players in a disagreement with the Nigeria Football Federation concerning bonus payments, camp allowances, and expenses, some of which date back to 2021.
The issue of camp bonuses and allowances rear its ugly head in the camp of the team a few days before the kick-off of the world cup, but the captain of the team, Onome Ebi quickly sniffed off the smoke of such controversies and claimed the team is focused on the task at hand.
A member of the team, who prefer to be anonymous told www.234sportsng.com that the general feeling in camp is how to recover the outstanding and confirmed the involvement of FIFPRO.
According to a statement released by FIFPRO, the players are frustrated about the nonpayment of their allowances as bonuses as at whet as the ugly development has become a recurring decimal.
" The team is extremely frustrated that they have had to pursue the Nigeria Football Federation for these payments before and during the tournament and may have to continue doing so afterward," FIFPRO wrote.
The world players union posited that It is regrettable that players needed to challenge their federation at such an important time in their careers and promise to work with the players to ensure their contractual rights are honored and the outstanding payments are settled.
It should be noted that apart from the backlogs allowances and bonus, the players are entitled to 60, 000 dollars each from the world football governing body, FIFA for reaching the round of 16.
The FIFPRO have earlier reached an agreement with FIFA to pay the players directly but the payment may be paid through the Nigeria Football Federation, after FIFA president, Gianni Infantino rescinded and announced that FIFA will pay through the Federation on the eve of the World Cup opening day.