…Boosts Falconets’ training with $7000
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung has vowed to bridge the welfare gap between the men and women’s national teams in Nigeria.
He made the promise when he visited the Nigeria’s national U-20 women team, the Falconets, in Austria after their 4-0 thrashing of FC Wacker Innsbruck.
The minister, who learnt that after playing six qualifying World Cup matches which they won, the girls were yet to receive their match bonuses and camp allowances, frowned at the treatment being meted to female players, describing it as unfair.
“My passion for women’s football is high and I don’t like the idea of treating people differently. I don’t like injustice and it doesn’t look fair for them to be in camp without their entitlements. These are young players and if you don’t give them the morale support they need now, when will you do that? Dalung queried.
The Minister in press statement by his SA Media, Nneka Ikem Anibeze, promised to ensure that the players get all their entitlements when he gets back to work.
“I am against this idea of unparalleled development of football . We must develop and invest in women’s football the same way we develop and invest in men’s football. That gap must be bridged.
“I want to assure you that we will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that your welfare and that of the coaching crew is taken care of because I want to see all these goals re-enacted in France.
“We will go back and work out your entitlements to ensure that the girls are comfortable in France.”
He gave the players a personal token of $5,000 and $2000 to the coaching crew respectively and wished the injured players a speedy recovery while praying for a successful outing in France.
The Falconets will leave their camp base in Austria this week for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France where they will play in Group D alongside Germany, Haiti and China.