Barrister Solomon Dalung, minister of youths and sports, has denied reports making rounds that the federal government and NFF never knew Super Falcons of Nigeria could win the Africa Women Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
The minister made this shocking disclosure while addressing newsmen at Aso Rock, when asked why the ladies allowances were being delayed.
In an audio piece obtained by Premium Times, the minister admitted that the sit-in-hotel protest of the Falcons wouldn’t have occurred if the NFF had put into consideration the Falcons chances of winning the African title but emphasized he was quoted out of context.
The minister maintained that the federal government prioritized the competition and that was why the vice-president Yemi Osinbajo visited the team in camp.
Dalung has been under heavy criticisms with the statement credited to him that if the authorities known the ladies would win, they would have gotten their allowances by now. Dalung blamed the NFF for not planning ahead of time.
According to him, it is a tradition in Nigeria that when a team is victorious, they should be rewarded. Dalung described the ladies condition as unfortunate as he condemned it.
However, he assured that something will be done soon.
Listen to the audio HERE!
The victorious Nigeria women senior team launched a sit-in-hotel protest after waiting for bank alerts but to no avail.
Despite appeals from Sanusi Mohammed, NFF sec-gen, the ladies insisted that they will not release their trophy until they get bank alerts.