Super Falcons alternate captain, Rita Chikwelu has stated appreciation to the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for motivating the players to success at the recent Africa Women Cup of Nations in Ghana.
Sports247.ng gathered that, in the wake of recent reports that the NFF have also doled out lump sums to offset bonuses and allowances owed the players, Chikwelu deemed it right to thank buffs of The Glasshouse.
Consequently, Chikwelu said she and her colleagues are grateful to the NFF for fulfilling all promises made to them before and during the 11th AWCON in Ghana, where they emerged triumphant to third successive time and ninth time overall, returning home with the glittering trophy.
Chikwelu confirmed that the Falcons have received their pre-AWCON camp allowances, match bonuses and dues at the competition, plus $10,000 per player promise by NFF president, Amaju Melvin Pinnick.
Speaking before the Falcons’ contingent left camp, yet await word on a planned reception by President Muhammadu Buhari, Chikwelu thanked the NFF for their welfare packages and fulfilling all financial obligations.
Chikwelu said: “I want to use this opportunity to thank the Nigeria Football Federation for their support throughout our preparation and participation at the Women AFCON.
“They were there all through the pre-tournament camping programmes in Epe and Abidjan and all through the competition in Ghana and since we returned to Nigeria.
“We also want to appreciate the NFF for fulfilling their promises, paying all our bonuses and allowances and doubling our match bonus for the final.
“I want to say a very big thank you to the NFF President, the Board and the Management, and we pray that God will bless them and all Nigerians for their support.”
Delta State Enter Festival’s Last Weekend On Top
Delta State kept top spot on the 19th National Sports Festival’s medals table into the last weekend of events, with a strong hint that the team from Asaba could end as number one on Sunday.
Sports247.ng reports that Team Delta showed no sign of slowing down, with another haul of medals on the podium on Thursday and Friday, as they cornered a mammoth haul of 176 medals in total.
Delta, which won the festival title at Bauchi 2000, Abuja 2004, Gateway 2006, Kada 2009 and Eko 2012, entered Friday’s run of events with 85 gold, 38 silver and 53 bronze.
That was a sudden change to the tide that was ignited on the opening day, when Team Rivers jumped to the first position on the medals table after picking the first gold in the cycling event.
Rivers, who won the festival on home soil in 2011, were then pushed to second position with 36 gold, 35 silver and 38 bronze medals, while Edo were third with 20 gold, 24 silver and 27 bronze medals.
Kano, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Oyo, Lagos and FCT followed in that order; but Delta State’s contingent appeared to be boosted to finish top of the medals table at the end of the festival on Sunday by the promise of their governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, to dole out N1m for each gold medal.