The Nigerian Football Federation has provided insight into why the Super Falcons protested over unpaid bonuses, following their elimination from the Women’s World Cup in France, explaining that they demanded to be paid in United States dollars, rather than in naira.
Nigeria had reached the knockout stage before losing 3-0 to Germany in the round of 16 on Saturday in Grenoble.
The players, however, refused to leave their hotel rooms, demanding payment of outstanding allowances from the NFF.
According to ESPN FC, they were owed bonuses from two games, against Gambia and Senegal, from as far back as two years ago, amounting to N2m (about $5,600).
A resolution was said to have been found after meetings with officials, where they received explanations about the payments and assurances the money would be paid.
The NFF president Amaju Pinnick told ESPN that the issue had come down to a misunderstanding.
Pinnick was quoted as saying, “As far as we are concerned, that is a non-issue as the bonuses they are asking for have been paid. The problem is that the players wanted to be paid the bonuses for home matches in US dollars, but that is no longer the rule under this government.
“All transactions for home games must be paid in naira.”
FIFA had stepped in on Sunday morning after the players missed their transport to Paris and subsequently their flights, and the NFF were advised that any further expenses incurred by the team’s continued stay would be deducted from their participation fee.
The women’s national team have since ended their protest and left their hotel in France, following their exit from the World Cup.
The players are expected to arrive in Abuja on Monday.