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Last Updated: Friday, 8 October, 2004, 11:34 GMT 12:34 UK
Nigeria's women go home
Nigeria's Perpetua Nkwocha
I'm just happy that we are flying home with our money
Perpetua Nkwocha
Nigeria's women's team are on their way home after receiving their bonuses for winning the African Championship.

The Super Falcons refused to leave their hotel in South Africa since Monday, insisting that a US$6,000 per player bonus be settled by the Nigeria Football Association (NFA).

Perpetua Nkwocha, a member of the team, told BBC Sport that the players sit-in protest ended after the debt was finally settled on Friday.

"Our captain came to my room this morning and told me that they were going to pay us," said Nkwocha, who was at Johannesburg airport.

The striker, who scored four goals in last weekend's final against Cameroon, also said that their hotel bill had been paid.

"I'm just happy that we are flying home with our money and I always felt confident [we would get our money] because we were fighting for our rights."

The NFA had said that the players would be paid on their return to Nigeria but the Super Falcons claimed that they did not trust the association's promises.

Nigeria's victory in South Africa was their fourth consecutive African title and means they remain the only nation to win the women's championship since its inception in 1999.

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