Super Falcons captain Asisat Oshoala: Time not right for equal pay

Super Falcons captain Asisat Oshoala believes the time is not right for the country’s women national team players to demand for equal pay with their male counterparts.

A considerable number of female athletes (especially at national team level) have joined the campaign of bridging the gender pay gap.

However, the FC Barcelona player is of the view that the Super Falcons are not yet fit to be on the same pay grade with the Super Eagles.

She told Channels TV in a live Instagram chat: “We don’t have a proper structure in my country and then you want me to come and start saying I want the same amount you are paying the Super Eagles? When we get to that level, agitations for equal pay can take centre stage.

“I’d rather say give us a standard coach for the next five years and let the salary be constant and let the game bonus for my teammates be constant.

“And let us play a lot of friendly games as much as we can. And when we get to that level, we start discussing the next stage. It is something that has to be with a plan.”

The reigning African Female Footballer of the Year tasked the Nigerian Women’s Football League to make player welfare paramount.

“The league has to be constant. They have to look into the welfare of the players. Some players get paid, maybe N30,000, a month or maybe N60,000 maximum and that’s like a lot while some teams go six months without playing big games,” she added.

“They (League Administrators) are not just paying attention to the female league in Nigeria.”

Hanifat Mustapha
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