Barrister Solomon Dalung, minister of youths and sports, has revealed that the federal government and NFF never knew Super Falcons of Nigeria could win the Africa Women Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
The minister made this shocking disclosure while addressing newsmen at Aso Rock, when asked why the ladies allowances were being delayed.
Dalung believes that the sit-in-hotel protest of the Falcons wouldn’t have occurred if the NFF had put into consideration the Falcons chances of winning the African title, Vanguard reports.
He noted that the government would have made preparations for the ladies if the football federation had envisioned the ladies victory.
The minister said nobody believed Falcons will become champions again.
He said that if they had known the ladies would win, they would have gotten their allowances by now. Dalung blamed the NFF for not planning ahead of time.
According to him, it is a tradition in Nigeria that when a team is victorious, they should be rewarded. Dalung described the ladies condition as unfortunate as he condemned it.
However, he assured that something will be done soon.
The victorious Nigeria women senior team launched a sit-in-hotel protest after waiting for bank alerts but to no avail.
Despite appeals from Sanusi Mohammed, NFF sec-gen, the ladies insisted that they will not release their trophy until they get bank alerts.