The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) informed the House ad hoc committee on the issue between the Super Falcons and the NFF on Thursday that the Super Falcons’ match bonuses and allowances have been paid as of last Friday.
The NFF President, Ibrahim Gusau, stated this in Abuja after being summoned to appear before the House ad-hoc committee.
When the Blessing Onu-led ad hoc committee inquired further about unpaid allowances for the Super Falcons in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Gusau explained that no funding was released for participation but revealed that in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup hosted by Australia and New Zealand, $960,000 was given to all 32 qualifying countries.
According to him, the FIFA preparation money will be utilized by these countries to train their teams for the World Cup.
“We are unable to use this money to pay outstanding allowances for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup,” he explained.
Earlier, Hon. Blessing Onu, Chairperson of the House ad hoc committee, questioned how the NFF was able to pay the Super Falcons’ participation in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup hosted by France.
Hon. Onu, who was dissatisfied with the NFF response, ordered that the record detailing how the Super Falcons were funded for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, as well as the breakdown of match bonuses payments and slips for the 23 players and coaching staff, be supplied by the NFF by August 30th, 2023.
According to the findings of the ad hoc Committee on how the NFF is funded, the NFF President disclosed that they are normally supported by CAF and FIFA.
Furthermore, the NFF stated that it receives no compensation from the federal government for its personnel and officials, instead receiving its operational costs from FIFA.
“The Confederation of African Football (CAF) provides a subvention fund of $250,000 per year,” the NFF President stated.