The reports reaching The SportsBay from Ghana have it that African eight-time champions, Super Falcons are allegedly owed bonuses totalling $6,000 per player for their 2018 AWCON qualifying wins over Gambia in Banjul and Lagos. They are also allegedly owed camp allowances for the competition.
“Yes, we are still owed $6,000 for the two matches against Gambia. Since we began camping for the competition, we have not received any allowances and we are heading to the competition without an assurance of receiving the bonuses,” one of the players, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.
While in Ivory Coast, the team proceeded to face the ASEC Mimosas’ Under-16 Boys team, which they lost 3-1, before getting a 4-2 win over the 11 Sisters side on Abidjan in their second friendly match.
Former Falcons midfielder (name withheld) wondered what such friendlies would do for the team compared to the level of opposition they would face at the tournament according to bsnsports.
“It is really a sad situation that the Falcons have to go through. Sadly, it’s been like that since we were in the team. We hoped things would get better but there has been no change. A team going on title defence playing some small teams when their opponents are playing tougher opponents leaves a lot to be imagined,” she said.
Less than two weeks ago, much to the amazement of many followers of the team, they embarked on the final leg of preparation for the 2018 AWCON in Abidjan clad in mufti, looking very much like a hastily assembled team. The team travelled to Abidjan in different attire, with reports alleging that their kits were held at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, due to lack of funds to clear them.
Meanwhile, Super Falcons a while ago lost to their South Africa counterparts 0-1 in the first match of the ongoing African Women Championship in Ghana
Thembi Kgatlana’s superb volley sealed a victory for South Africa’s Bayana Bayana.
The display of Super Falcons, tutored by a foreign coach, Thomas Dennerby was generally adjudged poor, a situation many attributed to lack of adequate preparations ahead of the biannual tournament.
Nigeria are the defending champions.