Embarrassing: Falcons’ Allowances Not Paid, Players Hold-on To Trophy
BEVERLY HILLS, December 07, (THEWILL) – The payment of outstanding allowances and bonuses to the victorious Super Falcons, which won the African Women's Cup of Nations (AWCON) trophy last Saturday, has not been paid.
Reports gathered by THEWILL reveal that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was yet to settle outstanding bonuses and allowances to tune of $25,000.
This has not gone down well with the players who have held on to the trophy and vowed to remain at their Agora hotel in Abuja until their money is paid.
The issue was raised by the Minister of Youth and Sports at the Federal Executive Council (FEC), chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday , stating that the economic recession in the country is partly responsible for inability to meet up with the outstanding payments.
Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of FEC meeting, the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed said that FEC is looking into the matter.
“The Minister of Youth and Sports raised the issue today at the council and it is being looked into,” he said.
“Over time, it has become tradition to reward victorious athletes of sports persons but I think this is caused by the biting economic situation.
“The Minister of Youths and Sports is handling the matter. It was reported under other matters today at the council.”
Story by Oputah David