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Women’s World Cup Boycott: Reps Set up Committee to Investigate Super Falcons, NFF

The Nigerian House of Representatives has set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the dispute between the Super Falcons and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), over plans to boycott their opening game of the Women’s world cup tournament.

In a motion moved by Olumide Osoba at the plenary, he expressed concerns over the potential embarrassment Nigeria would have faced if the proposed boycott by the Falcons went ahead, without the intervention from authorities.

The House of Reps, therefore, summoned the NFF and other relevant stakeholders to appear before the ad-hoc committee set up and disclose steps taken to resolve the dispute with the Super Falcons.

It is understood that the NFF general secretary Mohammed Sanusi, during a meeting with the players, told them that they would not be paid match bonuses by the federation, since FIFA had already announced that every player would get $30,000 in the group stage of the tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

Displeased with such information, the Super Falcons threatened to boycott their opening game of the Women’s World Cup on July 21st against Canada.

Meanwhile, the Super Falcons captain Onome Ebi had dispelled the report of a proposed boycott by the team. She was quoted saying she had no idea of such a plan, adding that the squad was focused on training.

However, this is not the first time the Falcons would be involved in a row with the NFF, with plans to boycott matches over unpaid allowance and bonuses.

SOURCE: Guardian

PHOTO: Leadership News

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