Wednesday, December 14, 2016

PHOTOS: Super Falcons protest unpaid allowances at National Assembly, Presidential Villa




Nigeria's victorious women's football team, Super Falcons, on Wednesday protested outside parliament and  the presidential in Abuja over unpaid win bonuses.

Their protest coincided with President Muhammadu Buhari's arrival at the National Assembly to present next year's budget.

The African champions then marched to Presidential villa, where an aide said they would be paid in two days.

They have refused to leave a nearby hotel until they receive win bonuses of $17,150 each (£13,500).







At the president's villa, Mr Buhari's Chief of Staff Malam Abba Kyari told them the government was aware of their situation and promised it would be resolved within two days.

Speaking to the BBC's Naziru Mikailu in Abuja, one of the players said they had decided to go back to their hotel and wait for the government to fulfil its promise.

The Super Falcons clinched their eighth women's Africa Cup of Nations title with a 1-0 win over hosts Cameroon on 3 December.

However the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has so far paid them less than $2,000 each.

The NFF is also understood to have promised to pay allowances for qualifying for the tournament.

But the organisation, which receives direct funding from government, is in dire straits after Nigeria slipped into recession in August for the first time in more than a decade.

Photo credit: Sumner Shagari Sambo
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