How NFF Owed Super Falcons For Three Years —Ex-Captain Oparanozie Makes Stunning Claim

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Desire Okparanozie

Desire Oparanozie

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Desire Oparanozie, an ex-Super Falcons captain, has made a revelation in regards to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

She revealed that the NFF didn’t pay the bonuses owed the feminine nationwide group gamers for 3 years, The PUNCH reports.

She additionally hinted that preventing for the gamers’ rights was a part of the explanations she was eliminated because the skipper of the group.

She mentioned this on Friday throughout an interview session on PUNCH Online programme, Kick $ Follow.

The Dijon FCO ahead mentioned she took the correct step by guaranteeing that about $4,500 owed the Falcons by NFF was paid.

The PUNCH reports that gamers and officers of the Nigerian girls’s group staged a sit-in protest in Grenoble, France in June 2019 over a backlog of unpaid bonuses for World Cup appearance charges.

Before protesting in France after their Women’s World Cup exit, the group had protested over bonuses in 2004 in South Africa and 2016 in Abuja.

During the 2016 protest, members of the feminine group stormed the National Assembly after profitable the tenth version of the African Women championship held in Cameroon.

Oparanozie lamented that after a few years of complaining, NFF was not prepared to pay all of the gamers entitled to the bonus.

She mentioned, “Before the 2019 World Cup, we were being owed since 2016 – two match bonuses – 1,500 dollars for an away draw, and $3,000 for a home victory.

“Later, they (NFF) said they no longer pay in foreign currency, that we would be paid N500,000 instead. But I argued that the new law wasn’t in effect in 2016 and the officials agreed.

“They promised to pay us for three years but they didn’t pay us. Later, they agreed to clear the bonuses owed since 2016. So, what they did was to pay only players in the 2016 camp that are still playing in 2019. They left out others that didn’t make the 2019 team.

“I told them to pay those that didn’t make the team for 2019 while those of us still playing should be owed. We went back and forth on that for a couple of days; and in the end, they were able to pay the players that were not in the 2019 team.”

She, nevertheless, reiterated her name for equal pay between women and men footballers.

“This is doable but for some reasons, some individuals won’t want it to happen. It doesn’t have to be equal. What women earn is next to nothing compared to men. Even if it won’t be up to 100 per cent, let us close the huge gap. Being in sport as a female is not easy.”

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