Players and officials of Super Falcons are still left highly frustrated in Abuja after the Nigeria Football Federation failed to redeem its pledge to pay the team on Monday.
The team which won its eighth African Women Cup of Nations title after defeating hosts Cameroon in the final on Saturday arrived at Lagos on Sunday and was moved to Abuja with a promise that allowances and match bonuses of players and officials would be paid on Monday when banks opened for operation.
However, as at 8pm when the team were contacted at Agura Hotel camp, no official of the federation had visited them for an update on a proposed reception and payment of allowances.
“It is true no one has contacted us from the NFF, they said we were going to get paid today and but we have not heard anything concrete, except that somebody called around 6pm from the office that Amaju Pinnick will come tomorrow (today) to see us but he was not certain if he will come with our money,” one of the players stated.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that Sports Minister Solomon Dalung spent most of the day at the Presidential Villa trying to persuade the Presidency to release some money so as to allow the NFF pay the ladies.
“The Minister was also trying to arrange presidential reception for the winning team but as at now (yesterday evening) we still don’t know how far he has gone,” another official told New Telegraph.
It was also gathered that the players were also left furious by the way the federation treated the issue of injured Onome Ebi who needed to operate her wounded arm at the National Hospital, Abuja on Monday.
A player who spoke under anonymity said;
“The federation promised that they will pay the bill which is about N500, 000 but nobody has showed up. Onome is going ahead with the surgery whether they come or not, she has even paid the deposit.”