Players and officials of the Super Falcons of Nigeria may not get their 30 percent cut of the 2019 FIFA World Cup $1m largesse, which will be paid to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) any time from now.
This is because FIFA used over $200,000 to settle the protesting Super Falcons at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France before the players agreed to leave their rooms at the Mecure Hotel for Abuja
The team led by Swede coach Thomas Dennerby, staged a sit-in protest in the city of Grenoble after losing 0-3 to Germany in the Round of 16, claiming that they were owed a backlog of bonuses and World Cup appearance fees.
It was the third time the Super Falcons staged a sit-in protest over bonuses having done it in 2004 in South Africa and 2016 in Abuja after winning the African Nations Cup title.
An official of the NFF who did not wish to be named shared:
“Now, FIFA has deducted the amount it used in paying the players from the $1 million that is supposed to come to the NFF for Super Falcons qualification for the round of 16 at France 2019 World Cup.
” Our initial arrangement was for the players and their officials to get 30 percent of the money, but that won’t be possible anymore,”
He failed to mention how much the Falcons would now be given. As we know they
were the fourth national side to down tools over outstanding bonuses in 2019, following protests by France’s U20 female team, the U17 boys from Tanzania and U20 men from Poland.