Coach Randy Waldrum disclosed that he himself was owed seven months’ wages, and shockingly, some players had not received payment for a staggering two years, Reelradio.com.ng reports.
Despite these challenges, Nigeria managed to progress to the knockout stages of the World Cup, only to be eliminated by England on penalties following a goalless draw in the last-16 match on Monday.
The situation has cast a shadow over the otherwise triumphant and celebrated Nigerian national team, winners of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations on 11 occasions.
Waldrum expressed scepticism regarding the resolution of the dispute, doubting whether the contentious matter would be resolved by the end of the tournament.
In an alarming revelation, Nigeria forward Ifeoma Onumonu highlighted the inadequate conditions the players have had to endure, shedding light on the absence of a gym in their training camp and the necessity of sharing beds.
“There’s a lot that needs to be done. Hopefully more people start to talk about it. Coming here it’s hard to adjust,” Onumonu expressed, emphasizing the team’s resilience despite the hurdles they face.
“We do what we can because we love playing for our country, but hopefully they make it easier for us to do our best.”
The NFF had previously declined to respond to inquiries on the issue, leaving lingering doubts about the resolution of this protracted conflict. FIFPRO, on its part, remains committed to partnering with the players to ensure that their contractual rights are upheld and the overdue payments are settled.
The Nigerian Super Falcons’ journey at the Women’s World Cup has been not only one of spirited competition on the field but also a steadfast quest for justice and equity off it.