Wafcon 2022: Nigeria girls boycott coaching in bonus row

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Nigeria react to their Women's Africa Cup of Nations exit against Morocco
Defending champions Nigeria had been knocked out of this yr’s Wafcon by hosts Morocco after a semi-final penalty shootout

Nigeria’s gamers are in dispute with the nation’s soccer federation (NFF) forward of their third-place play-off on the Ladies’s Africa Cup of Nations (Wafcon).

Not one of the Tremendous Falcons gamers has obtained their allotted allowances or bonus of over $10,000 for the wins over Botswana, Burundi and Cameroon.

The gamers boycotted coaching on Wednesday night, prompting the NFF to behave swiftly so as to stop one other strike earlier than the match in opposition to Zambia on Friday.

“The gamers have refused to go away their lodge in Casablanca over unpaid bonuses,” a prime NFF official instructed BBC Sport Africa.

“There’s additionally a difficulty over the unpaid first 5 days of camp, which the gamers anticipated of their financial institution accounts however has not arrived.”

The financially-stricken NFF, which receives its funding from the Nigerian authorities, has made a $1,000 fee to every participant of the nine-time African champions to cowl their 10 days’ allowance.

NFF president Amaju Pinnick instructed BBC Sport Africa on Wednesday that his organisation is “coping with the difficulty” – however funds want to return from the nation’s Sports activities Ministry earlier than any fee will be made.

A particular adviser to the minister of sports activities Sunday Dare stated the “points are being resolved” and the crew has obtained verbal assurances that they are going to be paid.

“The problems are being resolved and the NFF has assured the crew they may get all that’s due them,” Toyin Ibitoye stated.

“The sports activities ministry has offered NFF’s request for monetary intervention to the related quarters and it’s receiving pressing consideration.

“The processes for receiving funds from the federal government take time and the crew now understands this. Each the ministry and NFF are working to make sure issues transfer at a quicker tempo.”

Deja vu for Tremendous Falcons

It isn’t the primary time gamers of Africa’s most profitable girls’s facet have protested over unpaid bonuses.

Overwhelmed by hosts Morocco in a dramatic semi-final on Monday, the Tremendous Falcons – champions final trip – are understood to be involved they won’t be paid after the event.

Nigeria’s girls’s crew – the Tremendous Falcons – have twice been concerned in sit-in protests in lodges at earlier Wafcons.

The primary came in South Africa in 2004 after the West Africans gained the title, with another in 2016 in Abuja after claiming their eighth continental crown in Cameroon.

On the 2019 Ladies’s World Cup in France, the gamers staged another sit-in protest over unpaid salaries and bonuses after their Spherical of 16 elimination by Germany.

Every Tremendous Falcons participant in Morocco is entitled to a $100 every day allowance, $3,000 for every group stage win and $1,500 for a draw.

Following a latest fee assessment, the gamers can even count on $5,000 for his or her win within the quarter-final, however they may miss out on proposed funds of $7,000 and $10,000 for victories within the semi-final and closing respectively.

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