The match ended in a 1-1 draw after regulation time before both teams proceeded to penalties in the match played at the Treichville Sports Park Stadium in Abidjan.
After expressing their anger at the National Assembly, members of the team proceed to the Presidential Villa where they were received by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari
The aggrieved players, who won the 9th edition of the African Women tournament that took place in Cameroon, refused to exit the team’s hotel following their unpaid entitlements, a continuation of their protest with the refusal to relinquish the trophy
It said: “Since the team came back from Cameroon, the players have refused to vacate their hotel on grounds of unpaid salaries and allowances, coupled with other unfulfilled promises
The Minister, who was in company with the General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, met with the players and officials at their Agura Hotel in Abuja on Thursday
The victorious Super Falcons were reported to have embarked on a sit-in protest at an Abuja hotel over the non-payment of their allowances and bonuses
Some of the players claimed the debt the Nigeria Football Federation owed each of the 23 players, excluding the officials, in allowances and match bonuses since the team started camping for the tournament amounted to $25,000 (about N11.25 million)
The Chairman of Directors of Sports Forum in Nigeria, Coach Tunde Kazeem, gave the charge in a congratulatory message to Nigerians on the success recorded by the Super Falcons
Meanwhile, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has promised the technical crew training overseas.
Pinnick expressed gratitude to the team for doing the country proud in Cameroon
Kalu praised the African champions for punishing the hosts right before their President, Paul Biya, and inside the main bowl of a stadium named after their first leader, Ahmadu Ahidjo
The President, who described the hard-earned victory over the Indomitable Lionesses as “very sweet and well-deserved”, particularly commended the Nigerian women for their “indomitable spirit, resilience and team work”, which spurred them to victory in spite of a vociferous home crowd
Mali garnered three points to finish third in the group, while Kenya were placed last after they earned no point from three matches.
Nigeria got off the better of the two teams, taking a two-goal lead after only seven minutes by capitalising on the sloppiness of the Kenyan defence
Hours before the Falcons departure for Cameroon to defend their AWCON title, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, was at the team’s camp to offer words of motivation and Encouragement
Alongside other Falcons legends Ann Chiejine and Perpetua Nkwocha, Omagbemi has somewhat restructured a squad that failed to qualify for the women’s football tournament of this year’s Olympics and lost to Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire at the 11th All-Africa Games in Brazzaville last year, imbuing it with greater morale
The draw ceremony, held at the Palais Polyvalent des Sports, Yaounde, had Cameroonian legend, Rigobert Song, among other prominent figures in attendance
The Super Falcons had on Tuesday defeated their counterparts from Senegal, the Terenga Lioness, by 2-0 to qualify for the AWCON.
By the win, the Falcons had a 3-1 edge over the Terenga Lioness after the first leg ended 1-1
Umotong made her international debut in March last year, but did not feature for Nigeria after being named in their squad for the 2015 World Cup in Canada
Pinnick further disclosed that the NFF have yet to hire a foreign coach for the country’s women’s team because a company that was ready to offset the salaries of such a coach almost went bankrupt
Desire Oparanozie’s first half brace quelled the resistance of the East Africans before banging in the third goal late in the second half.
The match was played in Bata, Equatorial Guinea