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Nigeria: Super Eagles Splash Dollars On Female Teams
« on: June 23, 2008, 10:51:52 PM »
Nigeria's senior national male football team yesterday played their brother's keeper to the hilt when they showered $10, 000 on their female counterparts.

On a day that the latest addition to the football family, the U-17 female team, qualified for this year's U-17 World Cup in New Zealand courtesy of a 3-0 hammering of Cameroon, an appreciative Nigeria Football Association (NFA) announced a major policy shift towards the ladies.

Henceforth, female national team players will be rewarded the same as their male counterparts by the FA.

This means that the Falcons players will now receive the same $5, 000 bonuses that the Super Eagles get whenever they win.

This cheering news was broken yesterday by FA scribe Bolaji Ojo-Oba at the post match conference following the Flammingoes' emphatic victory over their next door rivals.

According to the scribe the Board has decided to treat the female players as equals not only to bring the best out of them but also as a way of showing their appreciation for their efforts.

He then announced to the delight of the packed audience a N500, 000 donation to the national female teams from the FA board.

However, Ojo-Oba announcement on behalf of his board was, however, upstaged by the gesture of the Super Eagles, who were represented by their skipper Nwankwo Kanu and recuperating defender Danny Shittu.

The two players, who were physically present at the Abuja National Stadium to cheer the Flammingoes', then announced that on behalf of their team mates they were giving the female U-17 team $3, 000 while the other national female teams would share the balance of $7, 000.

In the game proper, it took the Nigerians only 17 minutes to find the back of the net with the goal being scored by Ebere Orji.

The cheering from the fans had hardly died down then the Flammingoes' struck again through Valentina Ibe. Ugochi Oparanozie put the icing on the cake deep in injury time for the home side's third goal.

The Flammingoes' had in the first leg played in Yaoundé held the Cameroonians to a draw. The win means that they have joined their U-20 counterparts the Falconets in a FIFA World Cup tournament.

The Falconets upstaged their West African foes Ghana to make it through to the finals taking place in Chile later this year.

The Flammingoes' win came barely 24 hours after the Super Eagles secured passage to the final round of the race for Angola/South Africa 2010 tickets with a 2-0 victory over Equatorial Guinea at the same venue.

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