Nigeria Super Falcons march on parliament to demand bonuses

December 14, 2016
Source: BBC
Nigeria Super Falcons march on parliament to demand bonuses

Nigeria's victorious women's football team have protested outside parliament in Abuja over unpaid win bonuses.

Their protest coincided with President Muhammadu Buhari's arrival at the National Assembly to present next year's budget.

The African champions then marched to President Buhari's villa, where an aide said they would be paid in two days.

They have refused to leave a nearby hotel until they receive win bonuses of $17,150 each (£13,500).

At the president's villa Mr Buhari's Chief of Staff Malam Abba Kyari told them the government was aware of their situation and promised it would be resolved within two days.

Speaking to the BBC's Naziru Mikailu in Abuja, one of the players said they had decided to go back to their hotel and wait for the government to fulfil its promise.

The issue has also been attracting the attention of other Nigerian sport stars.

"My feelings are hurt by the treatment of our champions, the Super Falcons. This issue must be resolved for the dignity of our sports people," tweeted former Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo.