"Pay Them": Osimhen, Ighalo and Nigeria Stars Put Pressure on NFF to Pay Super Falcons Stars

"Pay Them": Osimhen, Ighalo and Nigeria Stars Put Pressure on NFF to Pay Super Falcons Stars

Lukman Mumuni
updated at August 10, 2023 at 11:11 AM
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  • Super Eagles stars have reacted to news of the unpaid bonuses of Super Falcons players
  • The Super Falcons were eliminated from the Women's World Cup by England
  • The players are expected to arrive in Nigeria on Wednesday

Players from Nigeria's men's national team have thrown their weight behind their female counterparts by calling out the federation to settle the Super Falcons following their impressive showing at the Women's World Cup.

The Super Falcons were eliminated from the tournament in Australia and New Zealand after a penalty shootout defeat to England.

However, the players remain unpaid by the Nigerian Football Federation, leading to the release of a statement from FIFPRO.

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Victor Osimhen and Odion Ighalo have joined calls for Super Falcons players to be paid. Credit: @FIFAWWC @sscnapoli
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“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," part of the statement read.

This has led to Super Eagles players, including Victor Osimhen, putting pressure on the NFF to settle the players.

"Pay them NFF," wrote Osimhem in response to a post by Asisat Oshoala on Instagram.
Victor Anicehe also posted: "NFF pay them! They did us all proud! And even if they didn’t. Pay them what they are owed!!!"
Odion Ighalo, a member of the national team posted on Instagram: "NFF never stop these things."

The Super Falcons are expected back in Nigeria on Wednesday following their gallant display.

FIFPRO sends warning to NFF

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that the world union of professional footballers, FIFPRO, has warned that it will ensure that all Super Falcons players are paid all their bonuses, allowances and entitlements.

Days before kickoff of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Nigerian ladies threatened to boycott their first game against Canada over unpaid wages.

The coach of the side also demanded accountability from the Nigeria Football Federation over funds released to the squad for their preparation for the tournament.

Alozie forgives Lauren James

Super Falcons defender, Michelle Alozie, has brushed off the foul by the Lionesses' Lauren James during their Women's World Cup round of 16 match on Monday in Brisbane.

The Chelsea winger was sent off for deliberately stamping on the Nigerian defender in the 84th minute of the knockout game.

England managed to advance to the next round via a penalty shootout victory, despite playing the rest of the game with a numerical disadvantage.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.