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Super Falcons take protest to Nigeria president

Nigeria’s senior national women’s team, the Super Falcons on Wednesday stormed the National Assembly to protest the non-payment of their entitlement after winning the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Cameroon.

President Muhammadu Buhari was due to present the 2017 budget to the joint house of the National Assembly today, and the ladies are hoping to get his attention.

After winning the 10th AWCON for a record eight time, the super Falcons have not been paid their entitlement by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), and have remained in their Abuja hotel since returning from Cameroon in protest.

Protesting members of the Super Falcons have returned to their Agura Hotel, Abuja base after the Presidency promised that the money owed them by the Nigeria Football Federation would be paid on Friday

Reports say each player is entitled to about $25 000.

The girls, however, returned to their hotel after the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Abba Kyari, addressed them and promised to offset their bills in two days.

The players, who carried placards, were hoping that President Muhammadu Buhari, who was due to visit the National Assembly today to present the estimates of the 2017 budget to lawmakers, would see them and put an end to their plight.

Some of their placards read, “We are your children, pity us”; “Let us respect women”; “female football deserves respect.”

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