We did not expect Super Falcons to win AWCON, that's why we can't pay players’ entitlements - Dalung | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper

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The Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung, on Thursday said the Federal Government did not expect the Super Falcons to win the just-concluded CAF African Women Cup of Nations in Cameroon.


He said that was why the government was currently facing difficulties in paying the players’ entitlements.

Dalung spoke with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja amidst continued protests by members of the victorious Falcons over their unpaid allowances.

The players had seized the trophy they won at the competition and said they would hold on to the trophy until the authorities concerned offset the N238.05m accumulated bonuses which they are being owed.

They had threatened that if President Muhammadu Buhari refused to address their grievances at the Federal Executive Council’s meeting on Wednesday, they would embark on protest on the streets of Abuja.

But the minister said the situation could have been avoided if the Nigerian Football Federation had envisaged that the team would win and put in place the process of paying their entitlements.

He said, “Don’t forget that nobody even knew the team will emerge victorious.

“If we were confident they will emerge victorious, all the federation would have done is to plan for process of participation and entitlement.

“It is already established in sports tradition, when you win this is what you are entitled to.

“The situation is highly unfortunate and I don’t like it. These girls have given confidence to women who want to embrace sports, so this will go a long way in killing this laudable achievement. It is unfortunate but we will make sure the right thing is done.”

The minister said his position had always remained that the process of request for funds for sporting projects must come earlier to meet the objectives.

He said if the federation had requested for funds on time, the process of settling the players would have been easier.

The minister admitted that the matter was not handled properly, regretting that there are also issues of outstanding payment of coaches.

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  1. Nigeria will never forget this nightmarish government with all these unusual scenarios...The same Minister said it sometimes ago that Super Eagles need not participate in the coming World Cup tourney since it is clear to him that they could not win...God must have chosen this government to punish this Nation called Nigeria...Well,as events are unfolding...

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  2. Just resign. Mumu! So you sent a team to represent Nigeria and you are praying for them to lose or not to perform well.Yet, you are receiving salaries wages and allowances. What does patriotism mean to you? This is the height of corruption.
    This clueless useless APC government is a disaster.
    Nigerians are too suffering today because APC never expected that they could mean election too.It is sad! It is a shame!
    Chanji dole!
    Sai Baba!
    Sai Tinubu!

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    1. Impostor Igbo "mumu", a real Yoruba will say "Ode" you should continue to expose yourself. Go and ask Nwanne gi EL-Matosky. You are both bunch of jobless "internet millipedes" and social media trolls crawling in grime and cesspool.

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  3. dis apc lead fed. gov. ar just unfortunate in most areas of governance! GOD SAVE NIGERIA.

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  4. Mr Solomon. Shame on you. You can imagine the nonsense coming out of your mouth. So you and your presidency never wish them well? Meaning the wishes from Buhari via his Twitter account was just a mere wishes. If they had not won the trophy then you all will use that avenue to deny them accumulated bonus. God did fail you people and make them victorious. Shame on you once more Solomon Dalung.

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  5. this is one of the reason this government is failing God help us

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  6. You pple ar a big disgress 2 NIGERIA! so u don't hv alternative plan? dat is why we ar sufferin under ur useless apc! useless pple.....

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  7. Malam Mesi dalung none sense headsman turn official Aboki nama

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  8. Is this man ok at all...imagine what he just said...what a foolish excuse...Mr buhari should just sack this incompetent man..

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  9. The world's must CLUELESS, VISIONLESS, MEAN and SADISTIC government ever. Where are the RATs, CAMELS and ALMAJIRI supporting these idiots in power? Where are they? May the God of IRON, RUBBER and THUNDER strike U all to instant death, wherever U are.

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    1. Look yourself in the mirror. All your swearing -Back to sender- with the speed of light. Igbo hater of other tribes.

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  10. This man should go and learn how to speak in public. All these his comments are so irritating

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  11. They won the trophy Seven times before now, only for you to say you didn't believe they will win! ......I'm ashamed of you Dalung. You are not suppose to be in govtm. Foolish red cap guy like you (N)

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  12. This Administration is really a failure, are you saying that you don't expect good things from them or what?

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  13. You people have said it all, is like he does not know what sports means to Nigeria, I pray he learn fast

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  14. Hahahahahah. I said it before. This man should be given federal cattles to heard if they must compensate him with federal appointment. Just imagine the mindset of failure that hovers around this will drum. Failure failure failure. If this man is still the minister if youth and sports come January then something is completely wrong with this government.

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  15. Foolish man olodo wawa.

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  16. What glory has this politicians brought to my dear country rather they steal our money at all times but this ladies brought us glory yet they Can't be paid their money..the money this politicians can steal in few seconds..sorry to say MR Dalung u are a foolsih man...I hate you with passion.. Same thing u did during olympics games..russbish

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  17. This country is falling apart in this APC regime. SHAME on you both

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  18. This man and this govt will kill sports completely in Nigeria before their tenure finish

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  19. This man is always high on BRUKUTU. What do you expect? And buhari is there clapping for him 'most competent' team, result: recession......

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  20. Solomon you won't stop to amuse me, is only your own Solomon that has no sense. Ode u better resign.

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  21. Dalung you are a disgrace to this nation. When you were at the other side (before this government came to power) you taught government is a child play, you gave interview to BBC hausa always criticizing the former government, today everything is in your hand and you are now giving excuses what a shame Dalung.

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  22. U people don't even have faith in our fellow Nigerians, you never wishes them well, you were expecting them to lose but the Almighty God have proven you wrong through these ladies. your govt. keep shouting BELIEVE and HAVE FAITH in APC but the BRUAPC don't Ave faith in the people they are preaching to!.may God help US.

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  23. This guy in the red beret is nothing but a CLOWN! Where in the name of all that is holy did we get get this eejit from? No wonder Nigeria is going through this mess...our administrators are STOOGES!

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  24. When addressing the public on any issue in any capacity one has to be very careful in all aspect especially in what one says but I doubt if the case is thesame with this man from the united state of Nigeria ( laughing).

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  25. This man called Dalung must be an imbecile! What kind of minister is this? Pls what are the criteria for appointing ministers? Dalung can you send your child to school and expect the child to fail? Where were you when the team moved into the elimination stage - quarter finals, semi-final and final stage? It simply shows that you and the cabinet members don't have the interest of Nigerians at heart! Just resign as you are not the type of leader or representative that can proffer solutions to any of our problems in this nation.

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  26. Where on earth did this man came from,imagine...Just resign.. Anoufia.

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  27. The man should resign immediately if he has any iota of shame.

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