Nigeria: NWLFL Demand Share of FIFA's U.S.$.19 Million Largesse to Clubs

18 February 2020

The board of the Nigeria Women Football League have demanded to be given a percentage of the FIFA largesse to Nigerian clubs whose players were paraded at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

According to the league's operating officer, Alhaji Ayo Abdulraham, the women league deserves to be recognized and given its due

"There is no player on the Super Falcons team to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France that didn't play in the NWFL league at one time or the other.

"The NWFL deserves due recognition and if anything should come as incentives to the clubs, the NWFL should not be left out.

"The NWFL should not be left out of the FIFA largesse for sake of fairness.

"The increased standard of the NWFL league has heightened the chances of the Nigeria national teams to record success in international competitions, "he added.

A breakdown of the payments showed that Port Harcourt-based Rivers Angels - arguably the leading women's club in the country - topped with a benefit in the sum of $45,500, with Nasarawa Amazons of Lafia in a distant second with the sum of $27,534, while Bayelsa Queens ran close behind with $27,103. FC Robo Queens of Lagos came fourth with $25,810.

Delta Queens of Asaba got the sum of $15,081, with the sum of $10,341 going to Coal City Babes and $7,756 going to Invincible Angels. Sao Paulo Queens smiled to the bank with $6,032.

In total, FIFA paid Nigeria clubs the sum of $194,031.57.

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