The ladies will receive bonuses but not as “bogus” as that of the Super Eagles.
Super Falcons will receive special bonuses for their great performance towards their opening match in Equatorial Guinea.
The Nigerian Football Federation, Secretary General, Musa Amadu, told PREMIUM TIMES exclusively that though he does not think that competitions are all about money, the girls will receive special bonuses just like their male counterparts.
“The motivation is not money, we can’t keep talking about money when we have games to play, I’m sure d girls are very patriotic and are ready to carry the cup once more,” Mr. Amadu said.
The NFF has been criticized in the past for neglecting female football and treating female footballers less than their male counterparts.
Critics say this is ironic as Nigeria’s female football teams have performed better than male football teams at international competitions.
NFF, confirming critics’ sentiments, Mr. Amadu said that though there will be an increase in match bonuses for the girls, “it may not be as bogus as the Super Eagles”
Poor pitch at Equatorial Guinea
The NFF Secretary General bemoaned the poor condition of the pitch where the Falcons played on Monday in Cameroon.
He said the ladies would have performed better but for the deplorable state of the pitch.
“Well, on a very terrible start and deplorable pitch, I will say the girls did very well too to have played under those very bad conditions,” he said.
Mr. Amadu said if the pitch is put in proper form, the ladies will consolidate their win over Equatorial Guinea.
“We hope the organizers will put the pitch in place, if we have a very good pitch to play we hope we will be able to beat Ethiopia very well then top our group and we move forward to the final,” Mr. Amadu added.
The Super Falcons won their first match of the African Women Championship, AWC, going on in Equatorial Guinea. They beat Cameroon 2 – 1 and they will be meeting with Ethiopia on Thursday.
Nigeria is currently the second on the Group C table.