Nigerian sports minister Solomon Dalung has come out to blame the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)over the disgraceful episode concerning the late payment of the Super Falcons after they won the women’s AFCON in Cameroon.
Dalung suggested the NFF submitted a budget for AWCON in Cameroon late and so the saga that saw the Falcons embark on a well-publicised protest to press for their entitlements.
“It is worthy of mention that the delay in the payment of the Super Falcons entitlements which degenerated into a national embarrassment could have been averted if the Nigeria Football Federation effectively managed the situation,” he said.
“The NFF has formed the habit of requesting for funds for its program at very short notice and thereafter resort to blackmail to hasten the approval and release of such funds from Government.
“We cannot continue to administer our football in this manner any longer.”
Dalung equally wondered how the NFF got the funds to stage an Annual General Assembly, but could not pay the Falcons.
“Let me express my concern that could this General Assembly come at this period considering the recent unwholesome developments in our football life?,” he said.
“How can Nigerians reconcile the claims by the NFF that it could not pay the Super Falcons for paucity of funds, yet on another breath it is holding an Annual General Meeting which the resources if deployed would have mitigated the situation of the players.”