‘They should be patient and trust us to pay them’ – New NFF president Gusau tells unpaid Nigeria’s flamingoes three months after winning bronze at 2022 U-17 Women?s World Cup

The Flamingos, the national Under-17 women’s team, have received assurances from Nigeria Football Federation President Ibrahim Musa Gusau that their incentives will be paid soon.

After defeating Germany to win the Third-Place game at the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India in October 2022, the Flamingos took home the bronze medal.

After being greeted by Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, after the competition, the players began to protest for the payment of their match bonuses.

Gusau now claims that the NFF is making every effort to guarantee that the players receive all of the compensation due to them.

“We are quite aware of the fact that we are owing them and I can assure them that they will get paid as soon as possible. The Minister of Youth and Sports is working hard to ensure that the money meant for the team’s bonuses and allowances are released by the ministry of finance,” Gusau stated.

“No money was given to NFF to prosecute the African qualifying matches up to the world cup proper. We sourced funds that enabled the Flamingos to participate in the World Cup and we were also able to offset their daily allowances and other expenses. They should be patient and trust us to get their money, the process is not easy that is the cause of the delay,” the NFF president stated.

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