Nigeria’s women’s team, the Super Falcons, will stage a march to the Aso Rock Presidential Villa Wednesday morning to protest the non-payment of their entitlements.
The eight-time African champions have embarked on a sit-in protest at their hotel since they won the 9th edition of the African Women tournament in Cameroon to press for unpaid entitlements.
In a statement by one of the protest organisers, Aderonke Bello-Ogunleye, the team are ready to carry placards and proceed on a peaceful protest to the state house, where the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting will take place, in request of their allowances and bonuses which is estimated to be $24,000 each, approximately N11.5m per player.
“This is unfortunately a regular occurrence to female football in Nigeria, we treat our victorious girls with disdain and total disrespect as all the time…disgraceful really,” said Aderonke.
“It is inconceivable that the NFF/Federal government are unwilling to pay the players their dues after winning the trophy. This has to stop and the girls must be paid their dues.
“We are going to protest the unfair treatment meted out to these champions who have won the tournament eight times, making them the most successful football team in Nigeria, and we hope the federal government will listen to their plea.”
Take off point is the Agura hotel in Abuja from 8am and on to the Presidential Villa.