FIFA has agreed to award prize money directly to players, according to Fatma Samoura, secretary-general of the Federation Internationale de Football Association.
This decision was made in response to the Super Falcons Match bonus dispute with Nigeria Football Federation.
The FIFA chief who addressed the Nigerian female national team after their 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland in Women’s World Cup, noted that she knows it has been tough and that they had to “face the reality of Nigeria.”
She, however, added that for the first time, the prize money would be paid to them – players – because of such realities.
It is because of you that for the first time in the history of FIFA, the FIFA women world cup prize money will be paid directly to you, the players,” Samoura said, amid cheers from the nine-time African champions.
The players had previously threatened to go on strike for the first match of the campaign against Canada, who are also involved in a salary dispute with their own FA, requesting equal pay and support with the men’s team.