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Super Falcons Skip Training Due To A Bonus dispute

A conflict between Nigerian football players and the NFF exists ahead of their Women’s Africa Cup of Nations third-place play-off (WAFCON 2022).

For the victories over Botswana, Burundi, and Cameroon, none of the Super Falcons players have collected their allotted allowances or bonuses totaling more than $10,000.

The NFF acted quickly to prevent a further walkout before the match against Zambia on Friday after the players skipped training on Wednesday night.

According to a senior NFF official who spoke to BBC Sport Africa, “the players have refused to leave their hotel in Casablanca over unpaid incentives.”

The athletes expected their money to be in their bank accounts after the first five days of camp, but it hasn’t yet.

The cash-strapped NFF, which is supported by the Nigerian government, has paid each member of the nine-time African champion team $1,000 to cover their ten-day stipend.

Amaju Pinnick, the president of the NFF, told BBC Sport Africa on Wednesday that his organization is “working with the matter,” but that before any payment can be made, money must come from the nation’s Sports Ministry.

The “problems are being sorted,” according to a special adviser to Sunday Dare, the minister of sports, and the squad has verbal guarantees that they would be compensated.

Toyin Ibitoye stated, “The difficulties are being rectified and the NFF has told the team they would receive all that is owed them.”

The NFF’s request for financial intervention has been brought to the attention of the appropriate parties by the sports ministry, who is giving it immediate consideration.

The team has now realized that obtaining government funding requires a lengthy process. The ministry and NFF are working together to make sure things move more quickly.

Super Falcons who are the most successful women’s team in Africa has had players protest underpaid bonuses before.

The Super Falcons, champions the last time they competed, were defeated by the hosts Morocco in a nail-biting semi-final on Monday. It is believed that they are worried they won’t get paid after the competition.

At previous Wafcons, the women’s team from Nigeria, the Super Falcons, has twice participated in hotel sit-in protests.

The first took place in South Africa in 2004 after the West Africans won the championship, while the second took place in Abuja in 2016 after they won their eighth continental title at home.

After being eliminated by Germany in the Round of 16 of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, the players organized another sit-in protest to demand the payment of unpaid salary and bonuses.

Each Super Falcons player in Morocco is eligible for a daily allowance of $100, a group stage win bonus of $3,000, and a draw bonus of $1,500.

The players can also anticipate $5,000 for winning the quarterfinal, but they will not receive the projected bonuses of $7,000 and $10,000 for winning the semifinal and final, respectively, due to a recent payment review.

Meanwhile the Super Falcons are set to play Zambia in the Third place playoff.

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