Harry Awurumibe, Abuja
President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick has revealed that Super Falcons will soon get their 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup appearance fee even as he will be in contact with the world football governing body in the course of the week to inquire when Nigeria will receive the promised money.
The Executive Committee Member of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) and FIFA top Committee who spoke during a media call with journalists on Monday also hinted that a new Head Coach to replace Thomas Dennerby will be announced without much delay as efforts are on to interview prospective candidates for the vacant post.
“I have always said that we have special love for the Super Falcons. That is the team that has won the most laurels for this country and we appreciate and adore them. I will be in contact with FIFA during the week to know when we will receive the appearance fee from the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. That money is the sum of $760,000, and 30 per cent of that money is for the team to share.
On Super Falcons going forward the former Delta Football Association and Delta State Sports Commission supremo made it clear that the NFF leadership is doing everything possible to reposition the national senior women’s team, Super Falcons.
“We are working to see how we can hold the interview to select the new Head Coach for the Super Falcons. I have a meeting with our external auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers this week, on the need for us to get this done. Once we get the appearance money from the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, we will hand over the 30 per cent that is the entitlement of the players and then ringfence the balance for the purpose of paying the new Head Coach. Just as we did for the team going to the World Cup, we have plans to arrange quality international friendlies for them before the next AFCON competition to build a much stronger squad.
On Indebtedness of Women’s League clubs to players, Pinnick said, “It is most unfortunate that some Clubs are owing players in the Women’s League. This is not good. Having said that, the League has a board, and we expect to have correspondence from the board on such matters before we intervene.
“A case was brought to my notice some weeks ago and I decisively intervened. But if we don’t have information or representation from the board, there is little we can do.