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Unpaid Wages: Nigeria Women’s World Cup Players Speak Out 6 Weeks After Tournament
- Super Falcons protested unpaid wages and bonuses just before the start of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup
- Six weeks after the tournament, some of the players claim they have only received less than half of their bonuses
- The Super Falcons are also yet to receive $60,000 of FIFA money owed to each player for reaching the Round of 16
Some members of the Super Falcons of Nigeria squad to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup have expressed frustrations over their treatment by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).
More than six weeks after the global showpiece, some players who asked to be anonymous claim they have received less than half of their daily camp wages and no match bonuses.
It was further gathered that the Nigerian Women are yet to receive $60,000 (£49,000) of FIFA money owed to each player for reaching the round of 16.
Although, this is not unexpected at this stage given the time it takes for FIFA to distribute the funds.
Just before the start of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Nigerian ladies threatened to boycott their opening game.
They eventually sealed an agreement with the NFF that players would receive a $100 (£81) daily camp allowance, a $3,000 win bonus, and $1,500 draw bonus.
FIFA later announced that each player at the tournament co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand would receive a minimum of $30,000.
It was gathered that the NFF officials later denied the initial agreement, claiming the bonuses previously agreed upon were now included in the FIFA money.
A player told The Athletic:
“We disagreed, we told them ‘no’. You can’t come and tell us you’re not paying us our match bonuses… How can you tell me FIFA included your match bonus (in its money)? They take us as if we are fools, as if we don’t know anything, as if we don’t know our rights.”
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Waldrum proud of Super Falcons
Sports Brief earlier reported that Randy Waldrum says he is proud of his team despite their painful exit from the FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
The nine-time African champions were eliminated from the tournament after a penalty shootout defeat to England on Monday morning.
Waldrum revealed that his players were heartbroken but the attention will immediately switch to the Olympic Games qualifiers.