The Nigeria Football Federation has defended the meager sum of money given to Nigeria’s Under-17 women team, Flamingoes, for their two-week stay in camp.
The ladies were reported to have grumbled over the sum ranging from N6,000 to N10,000 (depending on the destination of individual players) handed to them by the federation, after being given a week break from camp last Monday following their qualification for the 2014 FIFA Under-17 World Cup- without kicking a ball.
The Flamingoes clinched the ticket for the 2014 Costa Rica World Cup after South Sudan withdrew from the qualifying series.
NFF Director of Competitions Dr Mohammed Sanusi told supersport.com the players’ two-week stay in camp was viewed as an open camp and as such, no camp allowance is accrued to their participation.
“NFF does not pay allowance to players in an open camp or trial, the money given the players was their fare back to their homes.
“None of them has been selected rather the coach invited them with the hope of picking those that will meet his requirement.
“It is then that those who made the cut will subsequently enjoy the privilege of camp allowance once invited to camp.
“Right now the players just ended their open camp exercise and that’s why they were asked home so that the successful ones among them will reconvene in week’s time for the start of preparations for the World Cup campaign,” Sanusi told supersport.com.