Super Falcons: Reps blast Sports Minister, say ‘evil spirit’ worrying Nigerians

By Daily Sports on December 16, 2016

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Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday condemned the “unsavoury treatment” meted to the Super Falcons by the Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung, and the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) by failing to pay their match bonuses and allowances.

The female national football team had won the 10th edition of the African Women championship just concluded in Cameroon.

However, the girls were not paid their allowances, a development which forced them to resort to street protests in Abuja for about two weeks.

The team also refused to vacate their hotel, insisting that they would not leave until they had been paid.

Only on Wednesday, they had stormed the Presidential Villa and the National Assembly to protest.

The Presidency had reacted immediately by summoning Dalung and the leadership of the NFF to a meeting on Thursday.

It also directed them to settle the allowances of the players without further delay.

At its sitting on Thursday, the House condemned Dalung and the NFF, saying that their actions brought shame upon Nigeria.

A former Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Sports, Mrs. Ayo Omidiran, had sponsored a motion on the burning issue.

Describing the girls as “patriotic”, she said they answered the national call with the belief that they would be paid after the championship, but were disappointed.

Omidiran, who is from Osun State, spoke more, “For the past two weeks, the space has been filled with the cries of these ladies.

“Has it become a crime to make your country proud? What makes it more painful is the fact that the Cameroonian girls, who came second, were celebrated by their President (Paul Biya).

“These girls are not asking for anything extraordinary, but the allowances owed them from the qualifiers till they won the trophy.

“What would have happened if the girls had refused to leave Cameroon and carry out the protests on the streets of that country?.” (NAN)

•Photo shows Solomon Dalung

Source Daily Sports

Posted December 16, 2016

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