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FG’s payment: We were shortchanged – Falcons

Gamers and officers of the Tremendous Falcons have been on Friday paid varied sums of cash as authorised by the Federal Authorities after the Nigeria Soccer Federation obtained the sums.

Nevertheless, a number of the gamers have mentioned they have been shortchanged by the federation within the fee of their entitlements.

The Federal Authorities on Friday launched the sum of N358m to the NFF to offset the group’s allowances and bonuses. The FG additionally launched an extra N113m to pay the excellent successful bonuses for the Tremendous Eagles of their 2018 World Cup Qualifying matches in opposition to Zambia and Algeria.

The Workplace of the Accountant Normal of the Federation on Friday launched to the Central Financial institution of Nigeria the fee mandate of $1.17m (N358m) to settle the allowances of the protesting Falcons.

The funds have been confirmed in an announcement from the OAGF signed by the Director, Data, Mrs. Kene Offie.

The assertion mentioned the discharge of the fee mandate to the CBN was sequel to an earlier approval given by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.

The assertion learn partly, “The Workplace of the Accountant Normal of the Federation has launched the mandate to Central Financial institution of Nigeria for fee of naira equal of $1,173,820.00 at N305/$ to Nigeria Soccer Federation to pay excellent successful bonuses for Tremendous Eagles within the 2018 World Cup Qualifying Matches and for the Tremendous Falcons’ participation within the 10th Ladies’s Africa nations Cup.

“That is in furtherance of the approval from Hon. Minister of Finance for the mentioned quantity to be paid. The mandate which is a sum of 300 and fifty-eight million, fifteen thousand, 100 naira solely has been paid by Central Financial institution of Nigeria as at Thursday December 15, 2016.”

It added, “Equally, one other mandate for the sum of 100 and 13 million, eight hundred and twenty thousand, 600 and two naira solely has additionally been launched by Workplace of Accountant Normal of the Federation for the fee of wining bonus for Tremendous Eagles within the 2018 World Cup Qualifying matches; and for the Tremendous Falcons’ participation within the 10th Ladies’s Africa Nation’s Cup.

“This quantity has additionally been paid to Nigeria Soccer Federation and is equally sequel to the approval of the Honourable minister of Finance.”

And in response to the NFF, a breakdown of the Falcons’ monies confirmed that every participant received N5.4m.

The federation mentioned, “Every participant received N5,494,500, much less the sum of N600,000 that was earlier paid to every of the gamers at varied instances by the NFF. The quantity is on the charge of $17,900 (transformed to naira on the official charge of N305 to $1), plus the sum of N15,000 camp allowance and N20,000 transport allowance. All of the monies have been transformed on the official charge of N305 to $1.

“Coach Florence Omagbemi received a complete of N11,014,000 (much less the sum of N800,000 paid to her earlier), whereas assistant coaches Ann Chiejine, Perpetua Nkwocha and Bala Mohammed, in addition to the backroom workers have been paid N8,274,250, much less the N500,000 earlier paid to every of them.”

However our correspondent learnt on Friday that the gamers could also be set for one more showdown with the federation as they need to have gotten greater than the sums paid by the NFF.

The federation reportedly owes every participant as much as $25,000 for allowances and match bonuses from thequalifier for the 2016 AWCON in opposition to Senegal to the 1-Zero win over Cameroon within the last on December three. The federation can be reported to owe the gamers for a 2016 Olympic qualifier and the 2015 All-Africa Video games, the place the group completed fourth.

Every participant’s entitlement is equal to N7.6m on the alternate charge of N305/$ at which the FG launched the funds on Friday.

A few of the gamers, who pleaded anonymity, mentioned they have the alerts however the cash was not their full entitlements as their bonuses and allowances for the AWCON qualifiers weren’t included.

“A few of us have been receiving alerts whereas they mentioned the others will come later however what we’re seeing isn’t the total quantity we should get,” one of many gamers mentioned.

“Our complete bonus and allowances shouldn’t be lower than N7m every however we’re getting alerts of lower than N6m. The allowances and bonuses for the qualifiers have been left unpaid.”

One other participant mentioned, “That is actually unfair to us as a result of we labored for this cash. We now have been affected person for this lengthy and for the NFF to shortchange us on the final second is an injustice on their half.”

The Falcons, who beat hosts Cameroon 1-Zero to win the AWCON in Yaounde on December three, protested the non-payment of their entitlements since December four, once they returned to the nation. They refused to go away their Agura Resorts, Abuja lodge till their allowances and bonuses have been paid.

The eighth time African champions marched on the Presidential Villa and Nationwide Assmebly on Wednesday to press dwelling their calls for, which prompted President Muhammadu Buhari to order the discharge of funds to pay them.

The therapy meted out to the report African champions by the Nigerian authorities is in sharp distinction to that obtained by the Indomitable Lionesses from the Cameroonian authorities who have been handled to a welcome ceremony by President Paul Biya regardless of ending as runners-up on dwelling soil.


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