NFF Confirms Payment Of Super Falcons Match Bonuses
Gloria Essien, Abuja
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed that it has paid the Australia World Cup match Bonuses to the Super Falcons.
The NFF President, Ibrahim Gusau made this known in Abuja while appearing before the House Ad-hoc committee On Dispute Between Super Falcons and NFF, in Abuja.
He said that as at last week Friday, the match bonuses and allowances for the Super Falcons has been paid.
Mr. Gusau explained that no funding was released by the Nigerian government for participation but revealed that in the 2023 FiFA Women’s World Cup hosted by Australia and New Zealand, $960,000 were given to all thirty two countries that qualified.
According to him, the preparation money provided by FIFA was to be used by this countries to prepare the teams for the world cup.
“We can’t use this money to pay outstanding allowances for 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup”, he said.
The NFF noted that no payment is being gotten from the federal government for its staff and officials rather the federation gets its operational cost from FIFA.
“The Confederation of African Football (CAF) provides $250,000 per annum as subvention fund”, said the NFF President.
Earlier, Chairperson of the House Ad-hoc Committee, Hon. Blessing Onu questioned how the NFF was able to fund the Super Falcons in the 2019 FIFA women’s world cup hosted by France.
Hon. Onu who was not satisfied with the NFF response, further ruled that the document of how the Super Falcons were funded in the 2019 FIFA women’s world cup, the breakdown of match bonuses payments and its slips for 23 players and the coaching crew be provided by NFF before 30th August, 2023.
Members of the Ad-hoc Committee were also not happy that the NFF paid the salaries of the foreign coach and neglected the Nigerian coaches.
They called for fair and equal treatment for all.