2023 WWC: FIFPRO releases statement on NFF, Super Falcons’ financial feud
The FIFPRO, representing Nigeria’s Super Falcons, issued a statement on Tuesday, confirming its support in a dispute with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over unresolved matters such as bonus payments, camp allowances, and expenses, some of which date back to 2021.
FIFPRO pledged to collaborate with the Super Falcons players to ensure that their contractual rights are respected and that the outstanding payments are resolved by the NFF.
This situation arose following the Super Falcons’ exit from the Round of 16 in the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand on Monday.
It’s noteworthy that after the Super Falcons advanced to the last 16, FIFA Secretary-General Fatma Samoura addressed unpaid allowance issues related to the country’s women’s football team. Samoura emphasized that prize money would be safeguarded to ensure players received their rightful earnings without interference from third parties.
The FIFPRO statement reads: “Following the Nigeria women’s national team’s exit from the FIFA Women’s World Cup, FIFPRO confirms its involvement in assisting players with a dispute against the Nigeria Football Federation regarding outstanding bonus payments, camp allowances, and expenses, some of which remain unresolved from 2021.
“During the World Cup, the players opted to focus on their performance without making public statements or facing distractions. Nonetheless, the Super Falcons now believe that the Nigeria Football Federation should fulfill its commitments and settle the outstanding amounts.
“The team is deeply frustrated that they had to pursue the NFF for these payments before and during the tournament, and they may need to continue doing so afterward. It’s regrettable that the players found themselves in a position of challenging their own federation at such a crucial point in their careers.
“FIFPRO will persist in supporting the players to ensure that their contractual rights are upheld, and the outstanding payments are resolved.”