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Nigerians Bash Sports Minister Over Super Falcons Gaffe

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[caption id="attachment_14502" align="alignnone" width="675"]Solomon Dalung, Sports Minister[/caption]

Nigerians have taken to social media to slam the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung following a recent gaffe by the minister concerning the delay in payment of entitlements owed the Super Falcons.

The minister allegedly said that provisions were not made for the Falcons to be paid because the federal government did not expect the team to win the just concluded CAF African Women Cup of Nations in Cameroun.

The ladies, who won the competition for the eighth time, have not been paid their entitlements and are staging a protest.

According to the sports minister, the situation would have been avoided if the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) hade envisaged the team would win and put in place the process of paying their entitlements.

Speaking to State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday, Dalung said: “Don’t forget that nobody even knew the team would emerge victorious.

“If we were confident they would emerge victorious, all the federation would have done was to plan for the process of participation and entitlement.

“It is already established in sports tradition, when you win this is what you are entitled to.

“The situation is highly unfortunate and I don’t like it. These girls have given confidence to women who want to embrace sports, so this will go a long way in killing this laudable achievement. It is unfortunate but we will make sure the right thing is done.”

The Minister, whose unguided comment did not go down well with sports lovers, received hard knocks from angry Nigerians.

See the tweets below:

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— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) December”>https://twitter.com/Omojuwa/status/806890964556148736″>December 8, 2016

— #Muyispeaks (@OlumuyiwaAbai) December”>https://twitter.com/OlumuyiwaAbai/status/806908324344197121″>December 8, 2016

— Mr. Stan (@Stanwrights) December8″>https://twitter.com/Stanwrights/status/806908195646177280″>December8, 2016