The world union of professional footballers, FIFPRO, has confirmed that it will assist the Nigeria’s Super Falcons in getting their owed bonus payments, camp allowances, and expenses from the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.
This was revealed yesterday in a statement released by FIFPRO, which confirmed its involvement in assisting players that are in disagreement with NFF, some of which are dated back to 2021.
FIFPRO says it will continue to work with Super Falcons to ensure their contractual rights and outstanding payments are settled by the NFF.
This comes a day after the Super Falcons were elimination from the Round of 16 of the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand by England on Monday.
Recall that coach Randy Waldrum, and the NFF, were in a trade of word battle in the build up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, regarding the payment of his players.
And as a result of this, after the Super Falcons qualification to the last 16, FIFA secretary-general Fatma Samoura said they had changed their policy of player remuneration because of unpaid allowance issues involving the country’s women’s football team.
Samoura insisted that the prize money would be “ring-fenced” to make sure players got their dues without interference from a third party.
The FIFPRO statement reads:
“Following the Nigeria women’s national team’s elimination from the FIFA Women’s World Cup, FIFPRO can confirm it is assisting players in a disagreement with the Nigeria Football Federation concerning bonus payments, camp allowances, and expenses, some of which date back to 2021.
“During the World Cup, the players expressed the desire to remain focused on their performance without making public statements or facing other distractions.
“However, the Super Falcons believe that it is now time for the Nigeria Football Federation to honour their commitments and pay the outstanding amounts.
“The team is extremely frustrated that they have had to pursue the Nigeria Football Federation for these payments before and during the tournament and may have to continue doing so afterwards. It is regrettable that players needed to challenge their own federation at such an important time in their careers.
“FIFPRO will continue to work with the players to ensure their contractual rights are honoured and the outstanding payments are settled.”
This statement has stirred up reactions from ex and current Super Eagles players like Napoli Striker Victor Oshimen , Al-Hilal forward Odion Ighalo and Victor Anichebe, who are urging the NFF to pay the Falcons.
Written by: Debby Eselebor
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