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Super Falcons Refuse To Leave Team Hotel In France Over Unpaid Allowances

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Nigeria's Super Falcons are staging a sit-in protest at Grenoble hotel in France over outstanding allowances owed them by the Nigeria Football Federation.

The Nigerian ladies were eliminated from the Women's World Cup on Saturday by Germany following a 3-0 defeat.

But the players are refusing to leave their hotel as they request for owed bonuses from two years ago and five days allowance while at the ongoing World Cup.

Speaking to ESPN's Collin Udoh, the players said they were only paid half of their bonuses from games played against Gambia and Senegal two years ago, amounting to 2 million Nigerian naira (about $5,600 U.S.).

"They paid us 1 million [naira] and said that is all. We want them to pay the balance," one of the girls 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, as they did with the men's team last year. They ignored the letter and nobody said anything about it until now."

Refuting the claims of the girls who also demanded their share of the World Cup participation fee from FIFA, president of the NFF, Amaju Melvin Pinnick told ESPN that all the outstanding allowances have been paid.

"We have paid them everything they are being owed," Pinnick retorted when quizzed about the situation.

"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."

Super Falcons Refuse To Leave Team Hotel In France Over Unpaid Allowances

This is not the first time the Super Falcons will protest for their bonuses & allowance. It happened in 2004 in South Africa & recently in Abuja in 2016, after they won the African championship in Cameroon.