The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has cleared the air about the sum of money given to the Super Falcons squad of 1999. The nation’s football governing body iterated that the bonus is meant for all team members and not some individuals.
The Ismaila-Mabo-led Super Falcons squad of 1999 made the nation and continent proud with hats-off performances at the USA’99 World Cup where they went on to crash out at the Quarterfinals narrowly missing out on a Semifinal berth against Brazil.
The members of that squad, last year were rewarded $1000 each by the NFF and ₦10millon by Allen Onyeama the Chairman of Air Peace.
However, the largesse failed to circulate among the squad as a member of that squad in Patience Avre allegedly claimed.
The now U.S.-based ex falcons star said the money has been diverted into the private purse of some of her teammates in a video made available to The Guardian.
The ex-attacker also vowed to get to the root of the ‘major scandal’.
“I won’t take this rubbish from anybody,” she said.
“I made the Super Falcons squad on merit, and I did not sleep with any coach before I was selected for a major tournament. I played a major role at USA ’99 FIFA World Cup, and anybody holding on to my share of the N10 million largesse must be ready to face embarrassment. I will go any length to expose them. They won’t like what they will see.” Avre declared.
In the meantime, an official of the NFF has said the money given ti them was meant for all members and acknowledge that while they all weren’t present during the award ceremony, they all must have a share in the bonus.
“The N10m was given to the Super Falcons class of ’99, and I don’t know why some players are laying claims to it. The same way the award ceremony was organised for all the players. Not all the players were able to attend the ceremony in Lagos, but whatever that was given is for all of them. That includes the N10 million given by Onyema. We are not happy with what we are hearing. The NFF has directed that all those involved in sharing of the money should refund it, and make sure all the players get their share,” the official said.
Patience Avre who played for the Nigeria women’s national football team at the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup, 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup as well as the 2000 Summer Olympics could not attend the ceremony as she had just put to bed at the time.