Members of Nigeria’s U-20 Women side, the Falconets will soon smile to the bank before the end of the week, as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) plans to offset their match bonuses and allowances being owed the team during and before the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Paupa New Guinea last year.
The match bonuses and allowances of the team remain unpaid ever since they came back from the FIFA Women U-20 World Cup in Paupa New Guinea in December, where they narrowly crashed out at the group stage, losing to Japan and later recorded two victories against Canada and Spain respectively.
A top member of the Football Association revealed that preparations are on ground to foot the bills of the U-20 women team before the end of the week. The package would see each player getting at least $5,000 which is the accumulated fees from their training allowances, match bonuses and traveling allowances at the FIFA Women U-20 World Cup in Paupa New Guinea.
Players of the side were discontented with the treatment meted on them, even though some of them are shying away from stepping out to make their concerns public for fear of being thrown out of future national team assignments.
It would be recalled that the players threatened to embark on a protest last year December, over their unpaid allowances before they were promised by the NFF that they will get paid in the first week of January, but the football body are yet to redeem their promises.
It is expected that the officials of the NFF will act fast in settling all the outstanding bonuses issues before another devastating embarrassment hits the Glass House, as the players are ready to go on protest if the promises remain unkept.