- The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has shown appreciation to the Federal government for bailing them out on Super Falcons
- NFF thanked President Buhari who has ordered for the payment of Super Falcons allowances
- Super Falcons won the 2016 AWCON beating Cameroon 1-0 in the final
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has expressed appreciation to the Federal government after the direction of President Muhammadu Buhari that all the entitlements of the Super Falcons must be paid.
After winning the 2016 African Women Cup of Nations in Cameroon, Super Falcons returned to Nigeria only for the country's football governing body to tell them they were not buoyant enough to settle their allowances.
On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, the Falcons took on a protest in Abuja claiming that all their allowances must be paid before leaving the Agura hotel, and during the protest, the President's Chief of Staffs met with them and assured that they will be paid in two days.
''It is not as if the Federation did not plan to pay the players and officials their entitlements. The NFF expected some money from a number of sources but this did not work out. They are champions and deserve to be treated as such; there are no doubts about that.
''Before the team played South Africa in the semi finals, the NFF reached out to some sources and raised money to pay each player the sum of N500,000. The NFF President was on the tarmac of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos to receive the team and celebrated with them on arrival, impressed it on NFF partner Emzor to host the ladies to lunch and the company gave the team the sum of N1.6million.
''We are grateful to the Presidency for the prompt action, and we believe this will put the minds of the players at rest. It has been a very difficult time for the NFF; no official of the Federation was happy that the players and officials could not be paid their entitlements immediately after the tournament,'' NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire explained.
Meanwhile, the Super Falcons are still at the Agura hotel in Abuja waiting to be paid their entitlements which they should get on Friday, December 16, 2016.