By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
President of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Melvin Amaju Pinnick said that the country’s football governing body has a special love for the women’s national team.
Pinnick told journalists who participated in a media call on Monday morning, June 1, 2020.
“I have always said that we have a special love for the Super Falcons. That is the team that has won the most laurels for this country and we appreciate and adore them. I will be in contact with FIFA during the week to know when we will receive the appearance fee from the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. That money is the sum of $760,000, and 30 percent of that money is for the team to share.” He said.
Pinnick also spoke on the next move that will enable the Federation to appoint a new coach for Super Falcons as well as organizing quality international friendly matches for the team ahead of next African Women’s Cup of Nations, AWCON.
“We are working to see how we can hold the interview to select the new Head Coach for the Super Falcons. I have a meeting with our external auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers this week, on the need for us to get this done. Once we get the appearance money from the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, we will hand over the 30 percent that is the entitlement of the players and then ringfence the balance for the purpose of paying the new Head Coach. Just as we did for the team going to the World Cup, we have plans to arrange quality international friendlies for them before the next AFCON competition to build a much stronger squad.”
Pinnick concluded by stating that the indebtedness of women’s clubs to players is so sad as NFF is waiting for correspondence from the Nigeria Women Football League, NWFL before intervening.
“It is most unfortunate that some clubs are owing players in the Women League. This is not good. Having said that, the League has a board, and we expect to have correspondence from the board on such matters before we intervene. A case was brought to my notice some weeks ago and I decisively intervened. But if we don’t have information or representation from the board, there is little we can do.” He concluded.
It should be noted that players of Pelican Stars recently staged a protest at Cross Rivers State Governor’s office seeking for the payment of their ten months salaries.
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