CBN delaying Super Eagles bonuses, allowances – NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is yet to receive monies meant for the payment of Super Eagles’ bonuses and allowances at the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, SCORENigeria reports.

Recall that the Nigerian Government approved the money before the start of the competition earlier this month.

According to SCORENigeria, the NFF disclosed that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is yet to make the payment into its account.

Each player is due a $5,000 bonus for a win while the camp allowance is $200 a player daily. The players are to be paid 12,500 each for the two wins and draw from the group stage.

The Super Eagles face the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in a Round of 16 contest at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium, Abidjan today, January 27.

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Last August, Secretary-General of the Federation Internationale de Football Association, FIFA, Fatma Samoura said because of the Super Falcons FIFA has decided to pay prize money directly to players.

“It is because of you that for the first time in the history of FIFA, the FIFA women world cup prize money will be paid directly to you, the players,” Samoura said while addressing the Nigerian female national team after their 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland in Women’s World Cup, amid cheers from the nine-time African champions.

The team had earlier threatened to go on strike for the first match of the competition against Canada who are also in the middle of a pay dispute with their own FA seeking equal pay and support with the men’s team.

However, the FIFA senior official commended the Super Falcons for progressing at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, a first-ever for an African team at the competition.

She added; “I must say that I am proud of you. As you know, I am the first woman to be Secretary General of FIFA since the organisation was founded in 1904, and I am also an African. So, I am easily excited by any accomplishment that glorifies women’s football and African football”.