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Photos of Nigeria’s Falconets sleeping on chairs and floor at a Turkish airport in Istanbul, Turkey, have emerged online.

The players were on their way back home after they were knocked out of FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup by Netherlands on Monday morning at the quarterfinal stage.

And on Wednesday, former Super Eagles media officer Colin Udoh took to social media to share photos of the young footballers, who did nothing wrong to represent Nigeria in the U20 World Cup, sleeping on the floor and chairs at the Istanbul Airport.

He said the players have been travelling from Costa Rica since Monday morning and had a 24 hour layover in Turkey.

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He wrote on his Instagram page:

Nigeria’s #Falconets have been traveling from Costa Rica since 6:30am on Monday.
They’re now in Istanbul on a 24-hour layover and sleeping on the airport chairs and floor, or wherever they can find.

And this is not the first time the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are showing their irresponsibility and lack of coordination towards Nigerian female footballers.

Last month, during the 2022 WAFCON, the Super Falcons, Nigeria’s senior women national football team, boycotted training over unpaid allowances. They have twice been involved in sit-in protests in hotels at previous WAFCONs.

The first came in South Africa in 2004 after the West Africans won the title, with another in 2016 in Abuja after claiming their eighth continental crown in Cameroon.

At the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, the players staged another sit-in protest over unpaid salaries and bonuses after their Round of 16 elimination by Germany.

So, one won’t be surprised if the Falconets are yet to be paid!

By Amara

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