The Africa Champions, the Super Falcons are still feeling wasted and wounded, after many attempts to get paid for their victory, the female National soccer team, have taken their protest to the gates of the National Assembly, apparently to draw support for their heroism.



Cameroon President Paul Biya at the weekend treated the Indomitable Lionesses to a grand reception despite losing 1-0 to Nigeria’s Super Falcons in the final of the Africa Women Cup of Nations.


President Biya, his wife Chantal and a host of government officials thronged the State House venue of the reception to receive their team that never conceded any goal in the tournament until Desire Oparanozie’s super strike in the 81st minute crushed Cameroonian spirits in the tension soaked game in Yaounde on December 3.


But Biya told the Lionesses that Cameroon was grateful for the resilience of the team. He said that with their exploits they were an example of courage, solidarity, team spirit, characteristics that show their love for the fatherland.


“Cameroon says thank you” the President concluded.


As for the Super Falcons there isn’t any presidential handshake of commendation. One of the players said yesterday that they are still staying put in their hotel until they were paid their outstanding allowances.


The Nigeria Football Federation paid a token of about $200 into the accounts of the players, but according to them they are not moving an inch.

The players, according to sports sources, are to be paid bonuses worth $16,500 each for winning the continental football trophy but the Federal Government has said that it does not have the cash to pay them for now.

The Government, it was learnt, paid in some money into the accounts of the squad last Friday with a promise to conclude their dues as soon as funds are available, blaming lack of adequate planning for the ugly development. But the players are hoping to get the direct attention of the President, who is billed to present the 2017 Budget to the National Assembly today.

It is not clear of the security agents will allow the girls to demonstrate at the NASS gate while the president is coming through, as movement into the legislature has been significantly restricted for today. Here, the Falcons protest publicly for the first time in front of the National Assembly.


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