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France-bound Falconets get camp allowances

12:15 PM EDT 8/1/18
Falconets with Solomon Dalung in Austria
Christopher Danjuma’s ladies have received part of their entitlements ahead of the trip to France following the intervention of the sports minister

Nigeria U20 women national team have been paid 10-day of the camp entitlements ahead of their campaign at this year’s U20 Women’s World Cup in France.

The Falconets had begun their final preparations on May 10, 2018 in Abuja for the women youth competition scheduled to hold from August 5-24 in the Brittany region of the European nation.

Goal understands that the team were yet to receive their entitlements in almost two months camping due to the Super Eagles’ recent World Cup campaign in Russia and the unsettled recurring leadership crisis rocking the Nigeria Football Federation.

Last week, Nigeria’s sports minister Solomon Dalung rewarded Christopher Danjuma’s side, with a cash gift of $7000 after a 4-0 friendly win over an Austrian topflight side FC Wacker Innsbruck.

The sports ministry boss frowned at their poor welfare treatment, and consequently, directed that all pending bonuses and allowances be paid, which has now been partly settled.

“I am indeed saddened that the team has been in camp since May 10, 2018,” Dalung told media.

“They have not been paid either their camp allowances or match bonuses since they qualified for the World Cup. It was only a few days ago in Austria that they got a little fraction of their daily allowances.

“Welfare is the definition of motivation to athletes and officials and a team of young girls who made the country proud by qualifying for the U-20 Women’s World Cup in France deserve better treatment than what they have gotten.

“I hereby direct that all pending allowances of the players and officials be paid before their training camp in Austria comes to a close as Government will no longer accept the violation of this policy on athletes’ welfare in all National Sports Federations.”

Meanwhile, the Falconets are expected to be hosted by the Nigerian ambassador to Austria on Wednesday evening ahead of their trip to France on Thursday, August 2, 2018.

They will be eyeing a winning start in their campaign against Germany at the Saint Malo Stadium on August 6 before facing Haiti and later China in Group D of the preliminary stages.