Super Falcons players have revealed how President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, snubbed them in Cameroon.
Florence Omagbemi’s ladies defeated the hosts 1-0, to clinch a record 10th African championship. But the squad have been holed up in an Abuja hotel, since they returned to the country, as they wait for the federation to pay their entitlements.
The NFF has already promised to pay the players, although the football house admitted funds are not available at the moment.
However the Falcons have made it clear they don’t trust the NFF and will not release the trophy they won, until they receive their bonuses and allowances.
“We don’t trust them (NFF),” one of them told newsmen, on the condition of anonymity.
“This is our money and we must collect it before we leave this hotel as we do not trust them to pay us if we accepted their pleas.
“They want us to leave this hotel but we know those monies are gone the moment we agree to leave this place. They know it and we do too, so we’re staying put.”
She also criticized Pinnick for flying in and out of Cameroon, without meeting with the team.
“We heard he came to Cameroon on a chartered flight and left immediately, we didn’t even see him,” she continued.
“Now we hear he has traveled out of the country again, what kind of a leader is he? It has been one misfortune or the other since he came in and we are really disappointed.
“It’s more like he came with bad luck because since he came on board, our football has suffered both on and off the pitch and he doesn’t even seem to care.”
Another squad members also confirmed they were considering embarking on a street protest to drive home their claims.
“Yes, we have talked about it and it is something we would do if they don’t act fast. We have been reasonable enough, but we may choose to embarrass them if our entitlements are not settled,” she said.