By Adeke Chukwuka
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed that they have paid match bonuses and allowances to the Super Falcons’ players about a week ago.
NFF President Ibrahim Gusau mentioned this during his appearance before the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on the Super Falcons’ dispute with the Federation.
The Committee had summoned Gusau after he initially declined their invitation. He clarified that no funding was provided for the team’s participation in the 2019 World Cup; but for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, hosted by Australia and New Zealand, each of the 32 qualifying countries received $960,000.
However, Gusau noted that the money cannot be used to pay overdue allowances for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. This is because the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) relies on FIFA, not the Federal Government, for its operational funding.
Additionally, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) offers an annual subvention fund of $250,000.
Committee Chair Hon. Blessing Onuh, unhappy with Gusau’s answers, ordered that documents detailing the funding of the Super Falcons in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, including match bonus breakdowns and payment receipts for players and coaches, be submitted to the panel by the end of this month.
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