The new strategy by the protesting Falcons players is to directly get the attention of Nigeria president, Muhammadu Buhari.
The players of Nigeria’s senior women’s national team, the Super Falcons, are staging a protest at the gates of the National Assembly to press for the payment of their unpaid bonuses and allowances.
Since two weekends ago when they won the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations, the players have been holed up in a hotel in Abuja to protest unpaid entitlements by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.
However, that has not given them the result they had wanted therefore, they have decided to take the protest forward to the NASS.
President Buhari is due at the National Assembly today to present the 2017 budget before the legislature, and will address both chambers of the assembly – the Senate and House of Representatives.
The female footballers plan to continue their protest till the president arrives.
Aside bonuses that accrue from winning the 2016 AWCON, correspondents have it that the players are also owed bonuses and allowances from the qualifiers leading up to the AWCON.
While each of the Falcons players are owed as must $16,500 for winning the tournament in Cameroon, they have only been paid a total sum of N600, 000 each (approximately $1, 900), which is a far cry of what is due.
Meanwhile, the NFF and the sports ministry had before now, made several promises to offset the bills, but they failed to keep their words, prompting the team to continue their protest in Abuja as the only alternative left.