Nigeria Women Football Club Owners have heaped praises on the Nigeria Football Federationn for including more home based players in the squad that represented the country at the last Female World Cup in France last year.
The Nigeria Women Football Club have been enriched by the sum of $194,031.57 for featuring 23 players that started their career in the Nigerian Women League before going abroad for professional soccer.
A total number of 20 Nigeria Women clubs will benefit from the windfall which has already been paid to the NFF by the world football governing body, FIFA.
FIFA pays an amount to clubs whose players are enlisted in the final squad of participating nations at both the men’s and women’s FIFA World Cup finals. That of the FIFA Women’s World Cup only started last year – the eighth edition of the competition.
The compensation payment was wide-ranging, with all the clubs that the players had featured since the age of 12 benefited. The windfall was huge for Nigeria women football clubs as all the 23 players on Nigeria’s final roster had either featured for clubs in the country before going abroad or are still on home team rosters.
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.
Reacting on the largesse, Matilda Otuene, who doubles as Chairlady and General Manager of Rivers Angels of Portharcourt praised the efforts of NFF and other stakeholders in the development of women football, adding that the money from FIFA will further encourage them in growing the game in Nigeria.
“The FIFA money to clubs in Nigeria is a welcome development and the stakeholders of women football are very happy. This is how owners of women clubs and the players can be encouraged and continue to develop the game in the country,” Otuene told journalists
“The management of Rivers Angels and the government of the state will continue to develop women football in Nigeria,” she added.
Also speaking on the windfall, Chairman of FC Robo Queens that produced Asisat Oshoala and Rasheedat Ajibade, Emmanuel Osahon said that it is good to be rewarded for their labour in the development of women football in Nigeria.
“The financial compensation from FIFA is a good step towards the right direction. People like us are not forgotten since we don’t have government financial backing from anywhere. The FIFA money is like a reward for my labour over the years in women’s football in Nigeria,” Osahon said.
The breakdown of the money is as follows : Abia Angels ($1,723.63) Bayelsa Queens ($27,103.21) C&C Sports Club ($861.82) Clever Stars FC, Lagos ($2,585.45) Coal City Babes ($10,341.78) Delta Queens ($15,081.77) Delta Youth Sports Academy ($3,447.26) FC Robo Queens, Lagos ($25,810.49) Ibom Angels ($1,292.72) Invincible Angels FC ($7,756.34) Iwundu Academy FC ($2585.45) Living Boot Academy ($1,723.63) and Nasarawa Amazons FC ($27,534.12).
Others are Novia Queens FC ($3,447.26) Omidiran Babes FC ($2,585.45) Pelican Stars FC ($4,309.08) Remo United Queens FC ($1,723.63) Rivers Angels FC ($45,500.34) Sao Paulo Queens ($6,032.71) and YSFON Queens ($2,585.45.