Following their shocking exit from the Women’s World Cup, Players and officials of the Nigerian women’s team, on Sunday refused to leave their Mecure Hotel in protest over a backlog of unpaid bonuses for World Cup appearance fees and other outstanding payments.
The Super Falcons who lost 3-0 to Germany in the Round of 16 are reportedly owed 5,600 US dollars from a win against Senegal in 2016 and a triumph against Gambia in 2018.
“They paid us 1 million naira and said that is all. We want them to pay the balance,” one player told ESPN.
“Part of that money is from two years ago, the other is from three years ago. And they are also owing us five days’ daily allowance here in France.
“Before the World Cup, we asked them for a meeting so that we could discuss our World Cup bonuses like they did with the men’s team last year. They ignored the letter and nobody said anything about it until now.”
Meanwhile, Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation insisted that all outstanding allowances have been paid by the football body.
“We have paid them everything they are being owed. The only thing outstanding is the participation fee from FIFA, which is not expected to come until after the tournament. But they insist that they want to get paid, as they have spoken to players from Cameroon and France, who told them they have already been paid.” He maintained.