*We Played With Only Two Top Jerseys And One Short, Players Lament –
Falconets defender Mary Ologbosere suffered depression following the inability of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to pay their outstanding bonuses and allowances on arrival from the U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.
According to reports, the 18-year-old defender who lost her father while in Guinea, was expected to come back to Nigeria and cover the expenses of her dad’s burial, but she was left shocked as her and her team-mates were only paid N10,000 by the NFF.
She reportedly cried all through the night before being taken to the hospital, where she has now been admitted at the traumatic unit.
“She is totally shattered by this heartless treatment,” a team official at the Serob Legacy Hotel said.
“It’s truly a pathetic case.”
The 10,000 Naira paid each player was the only money they received from the NFF since they opened training camp for the World Cup earlier this year.
Meanwhile, It was further gathered that the team which won two of their three games at the world cup, vowed not to leave the hotel they were booked into until they have got their transport fares and other outstanding allowances.
The NFF had in a meeting yesterday with the players and officials of the team pleaded to be given some time to raise the approved N20,000 transport fares for each of the players to return to their clubs.
The NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, who pleaded for patience at the meeting, stressed that the football body has no money to meet up with its responsibilities.
“We met with the NFF General Secretary and a board member, and they pleaded with us to give them some time to raise even the transport fare that we needed to return to our clubs,” one of the players said.
“They told us that we will not be evicted from the hotels as it was earlier threatened but pleaded for our understanding as there is no money for the federation to pay us our bonuses and allowances for now.
“However, we are still standing on our position that they must pay us. We have been neglected by the federation, starting from the preparations to the championship. Unlike other national teams, we were not well kitted by the NFF. We played with only two top jerseys and one short. My brother, our condition in the camp was not something to talk about.
“Still here in Nigeria they cannot raise even the transport fare they said they will give us. This is laughable; we are all tired of staying here to look at these people. They cannot even raise money for our local transport, not to talk of paying our allowances and bonuses.”