During the Women’s World Cup in France 2019, the African Champions Nigeria reached the knockout stages under the guidance of Swedish Head Coach Thomas Dennerby, something which hadn’t happened in a World Cup for the West Africans since the 1999 edition.
The achievement entitled the players and officials of “Super Falcons” a sum of $1 million, but $238,000 of that money had already been deducted by FIFA for their expenses after a sit-in protest which happened after the Round of 16 match against Germany, a game which Nigeria lost. The players and officials then refused to leave their hotel in protest over their unpaid bonuses and other outstanding payments. After the FIFA deduction $760,000 was left, and it turned out that it would take a long time before the money finally would be transferred.
The Football magazine Goal now reports that, a year after the World Cup, the payment have finally been confirmed and the players and officials have received their share of the country’s World Cup prize money.
The priority now for Nigeria Football Federation and the president Amaju Pinnick is hiring a replacement for Thomas Dennerby who left the position during the Olympic qualifier in 2019.