The FIFPRO, the world union of professional footballers, has issued a statement on behalf of Nigeria’s Super Falcons, confirming its support in resolving a dispute with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) regarding outstanding bonus payments, camp allowances, and expenses.
Some of these payment issues date back to 2021.
FIFPRO will work closely with the Super Falcons players to ensure that their contractual rights are respected and that the NFF settles any outstanding payments.
This announcement comes after the Super Falcons were eliminated from the Round of 16 of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Earlier, FIFA secretary-general Fatma Samoura had addressed the issue of unpaid allowances and stated that the organization had revised its player remuneration policy to ensure that the prize money would be set aside specifically for the players, guaranteeing that they receive what is owed to them.
The FIFPRO statement reads:
“Following the Nigeria women’s national team’s elimination from the FIFA Women’s World Cup, FIFPRO can confirm it is assisting players in a disagreement with the Nigeria Football Federation concerning bonus payments, camp allowances, and expenses, some of which date back to 2021.
“During the World Cup, the players expressed the desire to remain focused on their performance without making public statements or facing other distractions.
“However, the Super Falcons believe that it is now time for the Nigeria Football Federation to honour their commitments and pay the outstanding amounts.
“The team is extremely frustrated that they have had to pursue the Nigeria Football Federation for these payments before and during the tournament and may have to continue doing so afterwards. It is regrettable that players needed to challenge their own federation at such an important time in their careers.
“FIFPRO will continue to work with the players to ensure their contractual rights are honoured and the outstanding payments are settled.”