Nigeria’s national women’s football team, the Super Falcons, are considering boycotting their first match in the 2023 Women’s World Cup due to frustrations with the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).
Football411 gathered that the NFF abruptly canceled the team’s match bonuses, leading to discontent among the players and Coach Randy Waldrum.
Inside The Super Falcons Camp:
The Super Falcons are planning to stage a strike and boycott their opening game of the 2023 Women’s World Cup after the NFF told them their match bonuses for the competition had been canceled by the Federation.
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Waldrum has criticized the federation for their treatment of the team and lack of support, citing financial struggles and unpaid salaries.
“Up until about 3 weeks ago, I had been owed 14 months salary, and they paid 7 months salary. We still have players that haven’t been paid for 2 years ago when we played the summer series in United State Of America, ” Waldrum said.
He also raised concerns about the mishandling of funds allocated by FIFA for the World Cup preparation.
The Super Falcons’ decision to strike is a response to the cancellation of their bonuses, as they demand fair treatment and financial remuneration.
“In the two-and-a-half years that I’ve been here, I have never had one time that the Federation came to me and asked ‘what do you need’ ?” Randy Waldrum said.
This situation puts Nigeria’s participation in the tournament at risk and could damage the country’s reputation internationally.