By Charles Igwe
Ms. Fatma Samoura, the Secretary-General of FIFA, lauded the Super Falcons of Nigeria, expressing admiration for their resilience and dedication in the face of challenges. Addressing the team after their 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland, she acknowledged the difficulties they had to confront due to the realities of Nigeria.
In a historic move, Samoura announced that, for the first time in FIFA’s history, the prize money for the FIFA Women’s World Cup would be directly paid to the players. She praised the Super Falcons for inspiring this change, highlighting that it was players like them who motivated FIFA to implement this new policy.
The news was met with cheers and excitement from the nine-time African champions, as they realized the significance of their achievements and the impact they have made on the global stage.
Furthermore, former Arsenal player and football pundit Ian Wright also showed support for the Nigerian Football Federation after the Super Falcons’ triumphant victory against the co-hosts of the tournament, Australia. Wright urged fair compensation for the players, endorsing their quest for rightful payments and recognition.
Earlier, FIFA announced that all players participating in the group stages of the tournament would receive around £15,760 (AUS$30,000). However, the Super Falcons were not paid their tournament match bonuses, which sparked a dispute between the players and the governing body. The team’s success in the match against Australia further intensified their call for fair treatment and remuneration.
The Super Falcons’ achievements and their demands for equitable compensation have garnered widespread support, and their impact has resonated far beyond the football pitch.