Falcons Saga: New Players May Reject Call Up

By Ikenga Chronicles December 20, 2016
Following the inability of the NFF to pay the victorious Super Falcons its benefits, reports say that England- born players may not have a rethink about their choice of Nigeria ahead of England.
After winning the 10th Women Africa Cup of Nations where they defeated hosts Cameroon 1-0 in the final in Yaounde on December 3 the players embarked on a 12-day strike action to get their allowances, before the intervention of the Federal Government.
The Falcons had also protested at the National Assembly where President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2017 budget on Wednesday.This however generated some heat and sent signal to players both home and abroad with most of them likely to shun any future call up.
 “The embarrassment the Falcons’ saga generated was so much that some of the new players were calling me to find out if that was how things are organised in Nigeria. I couldn’t but make some explanations but the truth must be said, they were not too convinced with my argument” a senior Super Eagles player told New Telegraph in confidence.
He added that: “Another colleague of mine also confirmed that two players of Nigerian descent playing for his club also asked why Nigeria finds it difficult to pay bonuses and allowances to players citing the Rio Olympics disgrace when the U-23 Eagles were stranded”
It was also gathered that families of the players were not favourably disposed to allowing their wards play for Nigeria following the country’s sports ineptitude.
This development could therefore serve as a setback to ‎Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr who has made frantic efforts to include  more young players of Nigerian origin to play for the team.
Apparently, Rohr has been on the tour of Europe to solicit the support of the new players while urging them to pledge their allegiance to the Nigeria.
Amongst several names mentioned are  Dutch born ADO Den Haag defender, Tyronne Ebuehi, who earlier in October rejected a call to play for Nigeria against Algeria in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
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