FIFA has changed the payment pattern for the 2023 Women’s World Cup prize money for the benefit of the Super Falcons of Nigeria.
FIFA’s intent in doing this is to prevent the stakeholders in the players’ country from embezzling or tampering with the players’ entitlement.
Samoura revealed that the world football governing body had to change the payment method due to the unpaid allowances the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is owing the Super Falcons.
In the video, the FIFA secretary-general said “I know that things have been tough. We have to face the realities of Nigeria. It pains me a lot.”
“It is because of you (the Super Falcons) that, for the first time, the prize money has been ring-fenced in the history of FIFA to ensure that it goes to you”.
However, this means that the player will receive the $30,000 the Super Falcons earned in the group stage, and the additional $30,000 the players earned for qualifying for the 2023 Women’s World Cup round of 16 directly into their accounts.
Additionally, if the Super Falcons managed to scale through England in the quarter-finals on Monday, August 7, they will earn an additional $30,000 each which will take their total earnings in the tournament to $90,000 per player.
Super Falcons Of Nigeria
The Nigeria women’s national football team, with nickname – the Super Falcons, represents Nigeria in international women’s football and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Super Falcons is Africa’s most successful international women’s football team, having won a record eleven Women’s Africa Cup of Nations titles; their most recent title in 2018, after defeating South Africa in the final.
The team is also the only women’s national team from the Confederation of African Football to have reached the quarterfinals in both the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the Summer Olympics.
They are also one of the few teams in the world and only African team to have qualified for every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, with their best performance at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup where they reached the quarterfinals.
FIFA Women’s World Cup
The FIFA Women’s World Cup is an international association football competition contested by the senior women’s national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the sport’s international governing body.
The tournament has been held every four years and one year after the men’s FIFA World Cup since 1991, when the inaugural tournament, then called the FIFA Women’s World Championship, was held in China.