According to reports, the Super Falcons of Nigeria unanimously agreed to boycott training ahead of the bronze medal match against Zambia.
In what is beginning to gain momentum in the Nigerian football space, the nine-time champions of the AWCON opted to boycott training because of some unpaid bonuses by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) board led by Amaju Pinnick.
After a nail-biting 5-4 loss on penalties to the Atlas Lionesses of Morocco on Monday night, the Super Falcons now have a third-place playoff fixture against the Copper Queens of Zambia, the other losers in the semifinal.
The initial report had it that the team have not been paid since the last qualifiers even before Monday's defeat to the hosts but the team still gave their all in the contest.
Maybe the lack of adequate response from the Federation and the Sports Ministry has forced them to take this step – embarking on a boycott of the training session on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.
Although they were pictured in a recovery session upon arriving in Casablanca from Rabat on Tuesday, the Super Falcons have now failed to turn up to their training session.
Hours after they were praised for their performance against the host nation by the NFF President the players decided to make a statement by boycotting training.
According to the reports, the players decided not to attend training because of some outstanding incentives that have not been paid. The players reportedly have not been paid since the 2022 WAFCON qualifiers and have chosen to wait until their bronze medal match to make their demands.
Despite the reported protest, the Super Falcons are scheduled to take on Zambia in the third place playoff on Friday, July 22, 2022, at the Stade Mohammed V, Casablanca.
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