Super Falcons Take Protest to National Assembly

Super Falcons Protesting at the House of Assembly, Abuja
Super Falcons Protesting at the House of Assembly, Abuja

Nigeria’s women’s football team, the Super Falcons, took their protest to House of Assembly Abuja, to express their displeasure in the way the team has been disrespected and cheated.

The Super Falcons and their supporters were seen carrying a message-bearing placards, protesting outside the gate of the National Assembly in Abuja.

The team who beat Cameroon 1-0 to take home their eighth women’s Africa Cup of Nations has not been paid their entitlements, this which has left the team stranded and demoralized.

Since they returned to Nigeria on Dec. 4, the players had been camped at a hotel in Abuja and have refused to leave until their demands are met, saying they were promised allowances and bonuses for winning but have yet to be paid.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said on its official website last week it would pay the Super Falcons, though it asked that the team understand “the money is not readily available at the moment”.

Despite the NFF’s promises, the Super Falcons protested outside parliament on Wednesday.