It is unfathomable that the Champions of Africa must protest in their hotel, and now the streets of Abuja, in hopes of getting paid. This has happened before, where they are promised they will receive what they have earned and then not get paid.
The Super Falcons just brought honor to Nigeria by winning the title of champions of Africa, and instead of a relaxing rest and holiday at a beach, the team held a sit-in at their hotel to bring attention and political pressure to the fact they are not being paid. This morning the teammates headed on foot with protest posters to the National Assembly and will move on to the Presidential Villa to request the money due to each of them.
I hope these elite professional athletes will be taken care of financially and honored - soon. We're thinking of the team and send best wishes and strength. We're also thinking of all the soccer girls behind them watching this disrespectful treatment and wonder how the football federation expects to grow the women's game after this unacceptable behavior. And lastly, we're thinking of the moms, who might already struggle with giving permission for young daughters to play a sport thought by many to be for men only. This will only exaggerate any limiting stereotypes about the women's game.
My hope is to wake up and this be resolved, with sustainable plans in place to keep it from ever happening again.
Congratulations Super Falcons on your eighth African title!