The Football Writers Association of Nigeria (FWAN) has urged the triumphant Super Falcons to release the trophy they won at the just-concluded African Women Champion (AWCON) in Cameroun to the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.
Speaking after its meeting in Abuja yesterday, FWAN interim chairman, Chris Onokpegu said there is need for the senior female team to release the trophy to the country’s football governing body in the spirit of fair play which FIFA preaches.
His words, “Apart from the spirit of fair play which the world football governing body preaches, they should also consider the spirit of Christmas.
“Nigerians were solidly behind them when they were in Cameroun and were praying for them to win the trophy for Nigerians as a Christmas gift.”
He added : “Many of us also condemned the shoddy treatment on them when they were not paid.
“We are beseeching the Falcons on behalf of Nigerians and the NFF to please release the trophy honourably since they have been paid because the image of the country will be at stake if anything happens to the trophy.”
The pioneer chairmen however appealed to the football house to facilitate payment of allowances and bonuses of other female national teams including the Flying Eagles.