Just like its United States counterpart that protested over pay disparity, Nigeria’s female national team, the Super Falcons are reportedly staged a protest at their hotel in France over unpaid bonuses and allowances.
The players have refused to leave their hotel until all outstanding bonuses are paid. This is following their elimination from the Women’s World Cup on Saturday.
The Falcons lost 3-0 to Germany in a round of 16 match. However, the team put up a gallant effort against their more experienced counterparts
After the loss to Germany, the players revealed that they are refusing to leave until they are paid their outstanding bonuses. The bonuses are owed from two games. Ịnterestingly, the bonuses are from games against Gambia and Senegal, two and three years ago respectively.
The bonuses amount to about $5,600. But the players allege that they have only been paid half of that. Nevertheless, Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick disclosed that all the remaining allowances have been paid.
Further, the players are also reportedly owed five days of daily allowance while at the World Cup. The players are also demanding their share of the World Cup participation fee from FIFA. However, this is not scheduled to be paid out until September.
The Super Falcons have a history of protests at major tournaments.
The team staged a protest over bonuses after winning the 2016 African title in Cameroon. The team also sat in at a South African hotel for three days in 2004. This was after winning the African title. They protested until outstanding allowances were paid.