Super Falcons NFF blame Sports Ministry for non-payment of salaries

The federation has shifted all the blame to the Sports Ministry, claiming to have sent a memo requesting for funds five months ago.

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Super Falcons play Super Falcons players took to the street to protest the non-payment of their salaries and allowances (Twitter/Sumner Shagari Sambo )
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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have absolved themselves of any blames on the non-payment of salaries and allowances to the Super Falcons.

The Super Falcons have been protesting since they won the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON).

After being ignored by the Federal Government, the players on Wednesday, December 13 took to the streets.

The NFF led by the president Amaju Pinnick have been heavily criticised for not paying the players.

NFF President, Amaju Pinnick play Amaju Pinnick led NFF have denied being at fault for the non-payment of the Super Falcons (Pulse)

 

The federation has however shifted all the blame to the Sports Ministry, claiming to have sent a memo requesting for funds five months ago.

The memo was sent to the Ministry about five months ago, at the same time that we made the request for the Super Eagles match against Algeria in Uyo,” a top NFF official told Kwase Sports.

“When the Super Falcons were about to leave for Cameroon, we were told by the Ministry that they could not find our memo, so we had to prepare the second one. That one was sent in on November 2."

According to the NFF official, under the new Treasury Single Account (TSA) system, it takes an anything from one week to three months to get funds from the Sports Ministry.

Super Falcons play The Super Falcons protesting in Abuja on Wednesday, December 14 (Twitter/Kemi Ariyo)

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It can even be two days if it gets to the desk of Mr President. The most important thing is to get it to the desk of Mr President. We know that there are a lot of things vying for the attention of Mr President, but once the memo gets to his desk and he signs it, everything can be uploaded and the funds can be transferred in a couple of days,” the official added.

Pulse Sports have contacted the Sports Ministry for comments, but all attempts to get words from Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung have not been successful as at the time of this report.

Abba Kyari and Super Falcons play Buhari's Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari has promised to pay the Super Falcons in two days. (Twitter/Aderonke Bello )

 

President Muhammadu Buhari through his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari has promised to pay the Super Falcons in two days.

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