Record Women’s Africa Cup of Nations champions Nigeria are locked in a bitter row with the Nigerian Football Federation over unpaid dues.
Ahead of the Friday third-place play-off at the Stade Mohammed V against Zambia, the Super Falcons have reportedly boycotted training as they demand over $10,000 in allowances and bonuses for the wins over Burundi, Botswana and Cameroon.
“The players have refused to leave their hotel in Casablanca over unpaid bonuses,” a top NFF official told BBC Sport Africa.
“There is also an issue over the unpaid first five days of camp, which the players expected in their bank accounts but has not arrived.”
According to reports, the NFF has only made a $1,000 payment to each player of the nine-time African champions, just to cover their 10 days’ allowance.
The NFF president Amaju Pinnick later shared with BBC Sport Africa on Wednesday, that his organisation is “dealing with the issue” – but funds need to come from the country’s Sports Ministry before any payment can be made.
The Friday game has had lots of surrounding drama, with Zambia threatening to boycott it. They feel their semi-final game against South Africa has to be replayed over the match- winning penalty.