The national embarrassment occasioned by the inability of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to settle the allowances/salaries of the Super Falcons is set to reach new lows with reports that the team is set to march to the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday in continuation of their protest.
Nigerian football has been rocked by the raging dispute between the NFF and the Falcons since their record-extending eighth victory at the Africa Women Cup of Nations in Cameroon a fortnight ago.
The team has vowed to remain at the Agura Hotel, Abuja, until they are paid every entitlement due them, much to the consternation of football bosses.
AfricanFootball.com reports that one of the organisers of the planned protest, Aderonke Bello-Ogunleye, claimed the team were ready to carry placards and proceed on a peaceful protest to the State House, where the Federal Executive Council meeting will take place.
“This is unfortunately a regular occurrence to female football in Nigeria, we treat our victorious girls with disdain and total disrespect as all the time,” said Aderonke.
“It is inconceivable that the NFF/Federal Government are unwilling to pay the players their dues after winning the trophy. This has to stop and the girls must be paid their dues.
“We are going to protest the unfair treatment meted out to these champions who have won the tournament eight times, making them the most successful football team in Nigeria, and we hope the federal government will listen to their plea.”
In light of the raging saga, one wonders why any government would fold its hands and watch their dirty linen taken to the public.
The protest today will tell us more.