The President of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau, has promised to pay the national U-17 girls players, the Flamingos, $5000 if they win their FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup semi-final match against Columbia.
The Flamingos, who overcame tournament favourites, the USA, on penalties in the quarter-final, will take on the South Americans in the first semi-final match on Wednesday, October 26.
Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau arrived in India on Monday to support the team in a meeting and promised to pay them $10,000 if they win the cup.
The NFF President said during the dinner with the Flamingos that they would receive $3,000 each for their victory against the USA ladies.
He told the girls to go all the way to win the tournament as a fitting welcome to the new federation board, which came into office on September 30.
“As I said the last time I spoke with you, Nigerians are happy with your performance.
“We came on board about 26 days ago, and I think the best gift you can use to welcome me is giving me the trophy. That is why I felt it is vital to leave every other thing to be here with you.
“One of the cardinal promises I made to Nigerians is to take care of the welfare of players and coaches. I will do everything possible to ensure you get all your rights.
All camp allowances of the team are ready and will be paid to them while they are in India, according to reports.
Nigeria will take Columbia in the first semi-final match on Wednesday, October 26, at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Margao, by noon.