Chairperson of the Nigerian Women’s Football League, Aisha Falode, has explained that FIFA will still pay the 2023 Women’s World Cup prize money through the country’s federation.
FIFA had announced that every player participating in the World Cup group stage will earn $30,000.
The match bonuses will increase to $60,000 in the second round of the competition.
Recall that Netizens took to different social media platforms to celebrate a viral video of FIFA secretary-general, Fatma Samoura, saying, the world’s football governing body would send the stipulated allowances to the country’s women’s football team to the players directly.
Falode made the clarification during a chat with Lagos Talks FM on Wednesday, adding that the World Cup prize money will be “ring-fenced” to ensure it gets to the players without interference from a third party.
“FIFA did not say it would pay the players directly. It says working through the member association – working through your federations, we will pay you this money through the federations,” the NWFL chair said.
“FIFA will pay the federations the money, and the federation pays the players with the instruction. Everybody knows it is there in black and white”, she explained.
Nigeria will battle England in a second-round contest on Monday.