Former member of the NFF reforms committee, Osasu Obayiuwana has claimed that the Super Falcons of Nigeria are yet to be paid any match bonuses in the ongoing WAFCON campaign in Morocco.
The Women’s Africa Cup of Nations defending champions, Nigeria, lost to host nation, Morocco yesterday 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time.
Sheer resilience saw the Nine-time champions drag the game into extra-time and penalties after been reduced to nine-woman in the second half of the game.
Halimatu Ayinde and Rasheedat Ajibade were given the matching orders in the 48th minutes and 70th minutes, after a VAR review adjudged both players to have been culpable for a foul on their opponent.
Osasu Obayiuwana who is also a lawyer and former FIFA anti racism task force, said he received a call from an NFF exco member who complained about the Ministry of Sports not releasing fund for the Falcons.
“The players have not received one penny of the bonuses due to them at this tournament. The Ministry of sport has not given us a dime for them. The minister, Sunday Dare, has not said a word to us. The girls have not complained and have given everything here.
“No one should take these girls for granted, even though they have not complained. No one should be surprised when there is a strong reaction. These girls know their rights & they won’t take this for too long. The right thing should be done, before they react.” The person said to Osasu.
Nigeria will face Zambia in a third place match on Friday while South Africa and Morocco will face off in the final on Saturday for a chance to win a maiden WAFCON title.