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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 October, 2004, 17:17 GMT 18:17 UK
Nigeria's Falcons remain in SA
Nigeria's Perpetua Nkwocha
We are going nowhere until all our monies have been paid
Perpetua Nkwocha
Nigeria's women's team remain in South Africa after the Nigeria FA (NFA) failed to pay their bonuses for winning the African Women's Championship.

The Super Falcons' players, who clinched their fourth African title on Sunday with a 5-0 win over Cameroon, have each been promised a total of US$6,000 in win bonuses.

The women are still in their hotel in Johannesburg, where they are holding out for the payments.

"We are fighting for our rights," Nigeria vice-captain Yinka Kudaisi told BBC Sport.

"I don't think we will be punished by the NFA for our stance because we are protecting our rights."

NFA chairman Ibrahim Galadima told BBC Sport that the country's sports ministry has asked the Nigerian High Commission in Johannesburg to source funds for the bonuses and buy plane tickets back to Nigeria for the players.

Although he hoped the affair would be resolved in time for the Super Falcons to be airborne on Tuesday evening, the players were still in South Africa on Wednesday.

Nigeria striker Perpetua Nkwocha, who scored four goals in Sunday's final to finish as the tournament's top scorer, has insisted the players are determined to remain in South Africa until their demands are met.

"We are going nowhere until all our monies have been paid," Nkwocha said.

"The [NFA] officials told us that we would get our money when we get back to Nigeria.

"But we refused to accept that because we don't know what will happen there.

"We can't fight them in Nigeria, which is why we're making the stand here.

"If they have the money ready in Nigeria, why don't they send someone over here with it and pay us?

"If they drive us away from the hotel, we will stay outside," Nkwocha told BBC Sport.

The players have also seized the trophy and refused to give it to NFA officials until they receive their bonuses.

Nigeria FA officials in Abuja, who returned home without the players, had reportedly told the players that it would take two weeks for the bonuses to be sent to South Africa.

But NFA spokesman Samuel Kaalu told the Nigerian media that the players should be paid on Thursday and are expected to return to the country by the weekend.

Ibrahim Galadima, NFA chairman, told BBC Sport that the association had not been given money by the government to prosecute the continental campaign.

The NFA's financial difficulties compelled them to seek financial assistance from the governor of a Nigerian state in order to send the Super Eagles to this weekend's 2006 World Cup qualifier in Gabon.




SEE ALSO
Nigeria win fourth women's title
03 Oct 04  |  African
Nigeria to meet Cameroon
28 Sep 04  |  African
African Women's Championship 2004
17 Sep 04  |  African



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