Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, December 19, 2016

Political economics of football in Nigeria

You have to know that there are serious economic problems when the African champion team from Nigeria has to protest to get paid.

Nigeria Super Falcons march on parliament to demand bonuses
Nigeria's victorious women's football team have protested outside parliament in Abuja over unpaid win bonuses…

They have refused to leave a nearby hotel until they receive win bonuses of $17,150 each (£13,500)…

However the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has so far paid them less than $2,000 each.

The NFF is also understood to have promised to pay allowances for qualifying for the tournament.

But the organisation, which receives direct funding from government, is in dire straits after Nigeria slipped into recession in August for the first time in more than a decade…

Nigerian teams have frequently been affected by pay disputes, with coaches regularly going unpaid and players boycotting training during qualifiers or at tournaments over unpaid bonuses…

Two days later

Govt Releases N471.8 Million for Payment of Super Eagles, Falcons
The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation has released the mandate to Central Bank of Nigeria for payment of naira equivalent of US$1,173,820.00... to Nigeria Football Federation to pay outstanding winning bonuses for Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup Qualifying Matches and for the Super Falcons' participation in the 10th Women's Africa nations Cup...

The payment came after members of Super Falcons demonstrated in Abuja demanding payment of their outstanding bonuses.

President Muhammadu Buhari later authorised the payment within 24 hours.sum of N358 million, was paid by Central bank of Nigeria on Thursday...

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