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AWCON: Falcons media officer debunks claims of players’ boycott threat


Remi Sulola

Remi Sulola

The Media Officer, Super Falcons, Remi Sulola, on Monday debunked the rumour that the team threatened to boycott the 2016 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) due to unpaid allowances.

Sulola told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the recent report in media stating that the team had threatened to boycott the event was false.

She, however, acknowledged that the team had yet to be paid some allowances but that it had not deterred them from training hard for the event.

“It is true that the players are being owed but the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has promised that their money will be paid before the tournament begins.

“It is untrue for anyone to say that they have threatened to boycott the event or their training.

“Money is actually the last thing on the players mind right now, because they are focused on defending and returning with the trophy.

“Most of the home-based players who are invited to camp did not participate in the qualifiers, those who are fully involved are the foreign-based players who we are still expecting,’’ Sulola said.

NAN reports that Nigeria is pitted in Group B with arch-rivals Ghana, Mali and Kenya in the tournament.

The 10th AWCON is billed for Cameroon from Nov. 19 to Dec. 3.

Media reports had said that the NFF paid only N10, 000 qualifying bonus to the players to enable them travel back to their respective homes after the April’s successful qualifying match against the Teranga Lionesses of Senegal in Abuja.

The NFF was alleged in the report to have cited financial challenges as the reason for the delay in the payment.

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