Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode, has served a stern warning to clubs who fail to pay salaries of their players.
The seasoned sports journalist and executive board member of the Nigeria Football Federation, came hard on club owners after players of Pelican Stars protested over ten months salary arrears.
The demonstration took which took place at the entrance of the Cross River State Governor’s office last month, has drawn the attention of the Association of Nigerian Women in Sports.
NAWIS has asked governor Ben Ayade to come the rescue of the female footballers.
However, Falode has made it clear that clubs only clubs who are not owing players will be admitted into the league.
“Our girls do not need to demonstrate, they don’t need to carry placards before you pay them their wages. We just want the league to resume, we have sent them reminders to pay their players up to date. If it is only ten clubs that can pay, if it is eight, we are going to go ahead and play with those eight clubs,” she said in an interview on Instagram with Super Eagles Supporters Club.
”Before the Covid-19 break, we had written to the clubs, if you don’t show us your statement of salary payment to the players up to date, you run a risk of not playing in the league this season and we meant it.
“We are going to go back to that. If you do not pay these girls for one month, up to three months, who does that? And you expect the girls to play for you and give the impression that everything is fine at the club.”
”There must be some kind of institutionalised policies at this time that you cannot owe players their salaries, how much more young girls. If you do that, you’re opening them up to some kind of vices that you cannot contemplate,” Falode explained further.