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#PayFalcons: We were ordered out of the hotel the night we won the Competition – Super Falcons



senate-sports-comm-meets-super-falconsThe Super Falcons, in a meeting with the Senate Committee on Sports on Wednesday in Abuja recounted how they were treated unfairly by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) during their time in Cameroon where they won the 10th African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON).

Captain of the Falcons, Rita Chikwelu, explaining their ordeal, she said they were ordered out of the hotel at Douala in Cameroon the very night they won the competition.

She said this led them to sleeping at the airport with the competition’s trophy they won by beating hosts Cameroon 1-0 on December 3.

“Officials of NFF did not encourage us at all in Cameroon. We never saw the NFF President (Amaju Pinnick) and General Secretary (Mohammed Sanusi) in Yaounde when we played in the semi-finals. Surprisingly, we saw them in the crowd at Douala where we played the final match and having won that night they asked us to leave.’’


The Sports Committee assured the players of payment of their outstanding allowances, adding that the NFF will be thoroughly investigated.

Chairman of the Committee, Obinna Ogba, told the players that the Senate was committed to ensuring that their allowances were paid.

The meeting with the Falcons followed a protest march staged by the Falcons requesting payment of their outstanding allowances.

“Let me inform you that my Committee has been mandated to investigate activities of the NFF with regards to the face-off. I assure you that having made the nation proud, you will be paid.”


Also speaking, Samuel Anyanwu, a member of the Committee, expressed dissatisfaction with the manner the players were treated, and called for patience to enable the Committee to step in.

“I feel very hurt at the behaviour of the NFF, which should have been better in view of your feat. You should be patient and guard your utterances so that we can do something about this case. The Senate will investigate activities of NFF, because this type of issue has been a recurring decimal in the federation,’’ he added.


  1. Tosin

    December 15, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Why so much stealing? Why? And you say they should be patient and guard their utterances? Why?

  2. Chichi

    December 15, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I support them 100%. The passion is what led them to win and being paid is what drives them to keep competing and so when you don’t get paid you loose some of that passion at least for the team you play for because it represents pain. I hope the right people are made accountable and even fired, it’s the only way to ensure others think twice before mismanaging funds or AKA stealing funds. Every industry the person whose sole responsibility it is to allocate and make payments should be fired if payments can not be made on time or at all, that way they put pressure on their oga to make sure they money is there for employees.

  3. julietogbo

    December 15, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Solomon dalung is a big time bastard would he let his children suffer like this. So am here thinking what if they had not won what would have happened

  4. Baymax

    December 15, 2016 at 11:06 am

    “You should be patient and guard your utterances so that we can do something about this case” sounds like a subtle threat to me.

    It’s like saying “shut up and we will handle this case or else nothing will be done”

  5. Nv

    December 15, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I’m so happy the Super Falcons are not taking this quietly!!

    This how they negleted the Dream Tean at the Olympics and now…#so pissed!!

  6. nnenne

    December 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    APC, where is the change you promised Nigerians?

    • Grace

      December 15, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      It is here now? Abi did we ever not have money for sports before now or have dollar fluctuate like this.

      Sisteeerh, change is here.

  7. tunmi

    December 15, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Why were they ordered out of the hotel? I’m guessing the hotel bill was just until the day of the final.. That is not unreasonable but it seems that information was not communicated with them. Please keep going ladies, let’s really get to the bottom of this.

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