From lifting the trophy of the 10th Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Yaounde, on December 3, to raising placards on the streets of Abuja, in protest of unpaid entitlements, on December 14. This, unfortunately, is how the last 10 days have unfolded for the most successful team on the continent.
However, good tiding is now being expected in two days, after the Super Falcons of Nigeria were addressed today by the Chief of Staff of President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari.
In his words (as tweeted by Aderonke), “You girls will be paid in two days time.”
Twitter was abuzz this morning with #PayFalcons as one of its top trending issues. There were some tweets even juxtaposing the pathetic condition of the Champions, with the luxurious life of the beaten finalists, Cameroon, who were, last week Thursday, hosted by their President, Paul Biya.
Meanwhile, the Super Falcons of Nigeria, since their return, have been staging a sit-in protest at the Agura hotel, until today’s peaceful march to the National Assembly, with the hope of getting the attention of the president who was expected at the Senate for the defence of the 2017 budget.
Led by renowned journalist, Aderonke Bello, the Super Falcons players, including Ngozi Okobi, who should have been celebrating her birthday, and Faith Ikidi, who should have been enjoying her one year marriage anniversary, hoisted placards that clearly explained their mission.
The players are asking for nothing else, but the monies they are being owed. Bonuses and allowances which dates back to the Women’s AFCON qualifiers, and amounts to over US$25,000 per player.
After Kyari promised that they would be paid by Friday, the Super Falcons went back to their hotel. Hopefully, this will not be another failed promise.