Nigeria’s sports minister Solomon Dalung received backlash from Nigerians has he declared that the Federal Government did not expect the Super Falcons to win the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.
We Didn't Pay Victorious Falcons Because We Don't Expect them To Win - Dalung
The Super Falcons on Saturday, December 3 beat hosts Cameroon on home soil to win their eighth AWCON title.
Since arriving the country on Sunday, December, 4 the Super Falcons have been protesting the non-payment of their allowances and bonuses, N238.05m in total.
Amidst the protest, sports minister, Dalung said the Federal Government did not expect them to win that’s why they are facing difficulties in paying the players entitlements.
“Don’t forget that nobody even knew the team will emerge victoriously,” Dalung told Punch.
:If we were confident they will emerge victorious, all the federation would have done is to plan for the process of participation and entitlement.
It is already established in sports tradition when you win this is what you are entitled to.
“The situation is highly unfortunate and I don’t like it. These girls have given confidence to women who want to embrace sports, so this will go a long way in killing this laudable achievement. It is unfortunate but we will make sure the right thing is done."
The Super Falcons have launched a sit-in protest at the Agura Hotel, Abuja over the non-payment of their allowances and bonuses.
The players have threatened to take to the streets if President Muhammadu Buhari does not address the issue at the Federal Executive Council’s meeting on Wednesday, December 8.
Dalung, however, said the process to request for funds for sporting projects would have been started earlier if they knew the Super Falcons will win the title.