Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) general secretary, Mohammed Sanusi has uncovered that the nation’s football administering body will pay the players and authorities of the senior ladies national group when assets are accessible.
The Super Falcons came back from Cameroon on Sunday morning in the wake of rising as champions of the African Women’s Cup of Nations for the eighth time, and Sanusi has engaged the group to practice a little persistence with the organization which is at present experiencing subsidence right now.
“We know we have monetary duty to you (players and authorities of Super Falcons) and we have not whenever expressed something else. However, the cash is not promptly accessible right now,” Sanusi told NFF media.
“I have come to speak to you, to comprehend the circumstance of the Federation, to comprehend the circumstance of the nation at the present and practice tolerance.
“We will pay all of you monies you are being owed when we get same from the Government, similarly as we paid the U17 young men who won the Fifa U17 World Cup in Chile a year ago, after the competition.
“What’s more, similarly as we dealt with Coach Samson Siasia’s wages when we had the assets, after the Olympics.”
• Super Falcons Reject $100 a player voyaging recompense
Players of the Super Falcons, who on Saturday crushed Cameroon to win their eighth African Women Nations Cup title, yesterday dismisses the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) orders to abandon their Agura Hotel, Abuja camp, saying they would not leave the camp until every one of their remittances were settled.
The players guarantee that the NFF has not paid them camp stipends, coordinate rewards and their mentors’ pay rates, which have accumulated for more than eight months.
One of the players, who argued obscurity, told The Guardian that “authorities of the alliance came to give each of us $100 as transport recompense and instructed us to run home with the guarantee that they will pay us in January.
“That was the same trick they used to deceive us after the qualifiers in Abuja and up till now nobody has said anything about the outstanding bills.
“Now, they are telling us that they are making arrangements for the president to host us at the Presidential Villa. All these are stories we are tired of. We want our money, full stop.”
The NFF yesterday pledged to pay the players and their officials for winning the Women Africa Cup of Nations, but it craved the understanding of the team that the money is not readily available at the moment.
In a statement yesterday, NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, who met with the players and officials at the Agura Hotel, said the Federation was not happy owing players and coaches, but present severe economic challenges informed that it could only continue to seek the understanding of these persons, as well as hoteliers, travel agents and Management and Staff until the situation improves.
“There is no gainsaying that there is severe economic challenges and all organisations, whether government or private, are feeling the pinch. It is not Government’s doing; it is not anybody’s doing. We know we have financial commitment to you (players and officials of Super Falcons) and we have not at anytime stated otherwise. But the money is not readily available at the moment.
“I have come to appeal to you, to understand the situation of the Federation, to understand the situation of the country at the present and exercise patience. We will pay you all monies you are being owed as soon as we receive same from the Government, just as we paid the U17 boys who won the FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile last year, after the tournament. And just as we sorted out Coach Samson Siasia’s wages as soon as we had the funds, after the Olympics.”