- Captain of Nigeria's Women's U-20 team kneels down to collect team's bonus
- Sports minister Solomon Dalung gave the team $5,000 and the officials $2000
- Nigeria will slug it out with Germany, Haiti and China at the World Cup in France
A video of Kemi Famudipi, captain of Nigeria's U-20 team kneeling down to receive the team's bonus from Nigeria's sport minister Solomon Dalung is currently trending on social media.
Barrister Dalung gave the Confluence Queen of Lokoja player $5,000 meant for the team as they prepare for the U-20 Women's World Cup in France.
Reports had earlier confirmed that the minister also gave the coaching crew $2,000 and stated that their match bonuses and camp allowances will be paid.
He said: “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 also promised to ensure that the players get all their entitlements when he gets back to work.
Dalung said: “I am against this idea of unparallel 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.
The team are currently camped in Austria as they put finishing touches to their preparation before they begin their quest for glory in France.
The Falconets had played two friendlies as they defeated two Austrian sides including FC Bergheim by 3-0 and hammered FC Wacker Innsbruck by 4-0.
The U-20 Women's World Cup will begin on August 5, to 24 and the Nigerian team will slug it out with Germany, Haiti and China.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported Barrister Solomon Dalung insisted that Chris Giwa who was declared by the Supreme Court judgment made on April 27, 2018, remains the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
FIFA president Gianni Infantino during the World Cup said that Nigeria risk being banned as the world football governing body only recognises Amaju Pinnick as the president of the NFF.
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