Nigeria Women’s Team Commends National Government for Game Bonuses
The Super Falcons showcased remarkable discipline, progressing through a group that included co-hosts Australia and Olympic champions Canada. Their journey culminated in a penalty shootout loss to England after a goalless draw.
Nigeria’s first lady, Oluremi Tinubu, wife of President Bola Tinubu, lauded the team’s “indomitable spirit and unwavering resilience.” She hosted the team and officials at the presidential villa in Abuja, where she announced an unprecedented reward.
Expressing gratitude for the unexpected gesture, experienced player Ohale stated, “Over the years, we’ve clinched the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (Wafcon), yet we’ve never experienced such recognition or reward.”
Defender Osinachi Ohale conveyed the team’s gratitude for the US$10,000 (£7,800) reward bestowed by the Nigerian government, recognizing their advancement to the Women’s World Cup Round of 16. She praised Uzodinma’s paternal support throughout the tournament, emphasizing the importance of such recognition in validating the significance of women’s football.
In addition, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Ibrahim Gusau assured the team of receiving their 2023 World Cup prize money and addressing overdue bonuses, allowances, and expenses dating back to 2021.
While global players union Fifpro recently supported Nigeria’s women in a dispute with the NFF, Gusau expressed displeasure at the timing of the intervention. He reiterated that the players are already entitled to $60,000 (£47,000) each from tournament organizers FIFA, as affirmed in a local radio interview.
Nigeria holds the distinction of being the sole African team to have participated in all nine Women’s World Cups. Following their poignant elimination by England, who will compete against Spain in the final, forward Asisat Oshoala took time to reflect on Nigeria’s campaign in Australia and New Zealand.