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Super Falcons to get accumulated dues today

The Finance Ministry as well as the Sports Ministry have both been told explicitly that the Falcons must get their monies today.

Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Abba Kyari, told State House correspondents on Wednesday that the issue had been resolved.

He confirmed that government had since directed appropriate authorities to settle the players’ allowances and bonuses.

“The problem has been resolved. They have done us proud and we congratulated them. The Ministries of Sports and Finance have been directed to pay tomorrow (Thursday).

“I don’t know the details of the arrears. But they have been directed to pay,” the presidential aide said.

The players, led by team captain Rita Chikwelu on Wednesday had staged a protest to express their displeasure at the non-payment of their allowances and bonuses.

Chikwelu, lamented that the NFF did not even treat them well when playing in Cameroon during the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.

Explaining their ordeal, she said they were ordered out of the hotel at Douala in Cameroon the very night they won the competition.

She said this led them to sleeping at the airport with the competition’s trophy they won by beating hosts Cameroon 1-0 on December 3.

“Officials of NFF did not encourage us at all in Cameroon. We never saw the NFF President (Amaju Pinnick) and General Secretary (Mohammed Sanusi) in Yaounde when we played in the semi-finals.

“Surprisingly, we saw them in the crowd at Douala where we played the final match and having won that night they asked us to leave.”

The Super Falcons have won the AWCON tournament a record eight times.
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