Unpaid Nigeria’s Super Falcons withhold Nations Cup trophy in protest.

The Nigeria national women’s football team, the Super Falcons, are still holding on to the Africa Women’s Nations Cup won last weekend in Cameroon in protest against the government’s failure to pay them.

Though the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, on Thursday reassured the African champions that they will receive all their entitlements, the team has not relinquished the trophy.

The minister, who was in the company of the NFF’s General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, met with the players and officials at their Agura Hotel, Abuja, on Thursday.

“I had to make time out to meet with you ladies again after receiving you on arrival in Lagos. In the past few days I have heard so much about the team’s grievances, challenges and issues here and there,” he said.

“I have also discussed with the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation but I felt it is necessary for me to come and sit to discuss with you in order for us to understand ourselves better. The issues with the team date back to the All-Africa Games, bothering on allowances and bonuses. We are also aware that the coaches are also being owed.

“The point I want to make clear is that for this competition which this team have participated in and won, we are indeed overwhelmed by the performance of the team,” he stated in a press statement issued by the NFF’s Ademola Olajire.

The minister urged the players and officials to be patient with the government so that their laudable achievement can be appreciated.

“Personally, I don’t want this achievement to be rubbished with whatever challenges we are facing because one thing that will stand to the end is our achievements,” he said.

Mr. Dalung concluded by promising the Falcons that the process to sort out their money was in process, and would be sorted out eventually.

“But one thing I want you all to know is that there are procedures for getting such monies from the Federal Government. It is not like an ATM that you will just go to and bring out cash. Government has processes on how things are done. We are still processing and pursuing the entitlements of the team.

As it stands, the Falcons say only blank alerts can appease them.

FC IfeanyiUbah Trophy Parade Gets New Date

FC IfeanyiUbah will on Wdenesday, November 23, 2016 present to the people of Anambra State the Federation Cup which they won last month after a 5-4 penalty kicks triumph over Nasarawa United.

The ceremony was earlier billed to hold three weeks ago,  but officials of the Anambra Warriors put the event off for undisclosed reasons.

It is the first national silverware lifted by the club in their two years of existence following a buy-over of Gabros International FC, also of Nnewi.

An official of the club confirmed on Sunday that all logistics have now been put in place for the trophy public show to hold on Wednesday.

“The trophy parade will hold on Wednesday,”  our reliable source informs.

“It’s not restricted to Nnewi alone but throughout Anambra State.

“This is the first time a club from this state won the Federation Cup, the oldest cup competition in Nigeria.”

FC Ifeanyiubah lifted the giant trophy in their first final appearance and will go on to represent Nigeria in next year’s CAF Confederation Cup competition along with Wikki Tourists of Bauchi who finished third in the Nigeria Professional Football League behind winners, Enugu Rangers and runners-up, Rivers United.