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How Fighting For Super Falcons’ 3-Year Unpaid Bonuses Ended My National Team Call Up – Ex-Falcons’ Captain

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Ex-Super Falcons captain, Desire Oparanozie, says the Nigeria Football Federation failed to pay the bonuses owed the female national team players for three years.

She also hinted that fighting for the players’ rights was part of the reasons she was removed as the skipper of the team.

She said this on Friday during an interview session with an online programme.

The Dijon FCO forward said she took the right step by ensuring that about $4,500 owed the Falcons by NFF was paid.

Newsmen report that players and officials of the Nigerian women’s team staged a sit-in protest in Grenoble, France in June 2019 over a backlog of unpaid bonuses for World Cup appearance fees.

Before protesting in France after their Women’s World Cup exit, the team had protested over bonuses in 2004 in South Africa and 2016 in Abuja.

During the 2016 protest, members of the female team stormed the National Assembly after winning the 10th edition of the African Women championship held in Cameroon.

Oparanozie lamented that after many years of complaining, NFF was not willing to pay all the players entitled to the bonus.

She said, “Before the 2019 World Cup, we were being owed since 2016 – two match bonuses – 1,500 dollars for an away draw, and $3,000 for a home victory.

“Later, they (NFF) said they no longer pay in foreign currency, that we would be paid N500,000 instead. But I argued that the new law wasn’t in effect in 2016 and the officials agreed.

“They promised to pay us for three years but they didn’t pay us. Later, they agreed to clear the bonuses owed since 2016. So, what they did was to pay only players in the 2016 camp that are still playing in 2019. They left out others that didn’t make the 2019 team.

“I told them to pay those that didn’t make the team for 2019 while those of us still playing should be owed. We went back and forth on that for a couple of days; and in the end, they were able to pay the players that were not in the 2019 team.”

Oparanozie who was the captain in 2019 and was the best attacker of the Nigeria senior women’s national team was stripped of and dropped immediately they returned from the world cup held in France.

She was not invited for Nigeria’s Olympic qualified matches. Thomas Dennerby who led Super Falcons to the world cup in France left the team immediately after the world cup. The Super Falcons lost the 2020 African Olympic qualifier to Cote d’Ivoire in the first match handled by Christopher Danjuma who was named as interim Coach.

She, however, reiterated her call for equal pay between men and women footballers.

“This is doable but for some reasons, some individuals won’t want it to happen. It doesn’t have to be equal. What women earn is next to nothing compared to men. Even if it won’t be up to 100 per cent, let us close the huge gap. Being in sport as a female is not easy.”

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GPLWK9: Kotoko Travels To WAFA – Preview, Players To Watch, Match Fact, Kick-off

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Just like visiting the Crosby Awuah Memorial Park, the Red Bull Arena in Sogakope is another venue away teams don’t dream of winning over there. Therefore, the celebration for a draw is tantamount to that of a win.

Asante Kotoko will be put to a massive test at Sagakope against West Africa Football Academy(WAFA) tomorrow in match week nine of the ongoing season.

WAFA might be the favourite to win the tie but Kotoko have been impressive in their last two visits though the latter have never won at the venue.

The Reds recorded a 0-0, and 1-1 draw in 2018 and 2020 respectively the last time they faced the Academy boys away. The last time WAFA beat Kotoko at home was in 2017 where they won 2-0.

Tomorrow’s game is apparently not the top liner of the weekend but it has all that it takes to be a must-watch game. Will Kotoko end WAFA’s unbeaten home run? Will Kotoko duo Fabio Gama and Kwame Poku have yet another good game? Who will stop red hot Daniel Lomotey from finding the back of the net in another home game?

Questions that keep all local football enthusiasts in a much-anticipated mood ahead of the game.

WAFA would need a win to keep up their chase for the title as they are two points behind league leaders Ashanti Gold who are on 15 points.

Kotoko on the other hand, have an outstanding game but at the moment are a point behind their opponent tomorrow and would have their eye set for positive results at the end of the game.

Key Players

WAFA 

Daniel Lomotey

Lomotey has scored seven goals this season which all of them came at home. The former Ghana youth star scored four in his last home game against Medeama. Hence will he will be the focus for Kotoko’s backline.

Kotoko

Kwame Poku

Poku has proven to be a reliable goal poacher for the Kotoko, scoring four goals in seven games so far this season. The last time out he had a brace against Liberty on Monday.

Fabio Gama

The Brazilian made his full debut for the Porcupines against Liberty which he had an assist to his name and showed glimpses of a quality playmaker the club have invested in.

Form Guide

WAFA- last five games

W 3, D 0, L 2

Kotoko- last five games

W 3, D 1, L 1

Kick-off: 3 PM/ 13:00 GMT  on January 17.

Bet Tips

  • West Africa Football Academy have only won one of their last 5 games against Asante Kotoko FC
  • There have been exactly 2 goals in 4 out of 7 Asante Kotoko’s Premier League games this season
  • There has been exactly 1 goal in 4 out of 8 WAFA’s Premier League games this season

Double chance WAFA

Both teams to score

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GPLWK9: Maxwell Quaye Stars In Olympics Win Over Inter Allies

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A brace by Maxwell Abbey Quaye aid Accra Great Olympics ease past Inter Allies at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Great Olympics went straight into action from the blast of referee Musah Mubarik’s whistle with Gladson Awako sending a long searching pass through the defence of Inter Allies, but Hashmin Musah was quick to quell any danger.

With a clear intention to score, the dade Boys kept a decent midfield with former Allies Midfielder Michelle Otou combining with Razak Kasim to put the breaks on Richmond Lamptey and Mohammed Zakari with only Desmond Abuga to contend with.

New gaffer, Yaw Preko pushed his men upfront to get an early lead, an objective that looked more easier to do, as Allies Defence kept committing errors with the last balls.

Having built confidence, the full backs of Olympics pushed forward to keep pressure on their hosts.

With a clear intent of what to do, Eric Osei Bonsu picked a long pass from Awako on the left of Allies goal area, weaved himself through a forest of legs, before Hashmin Musah brought him down for Centre Referee Musah Mubarik to award a penalty in thw 9th minute.

Maxwell Abbey Quaye stepped up to score, energizing the partizan crowd that watched the game in a hot friday afternoon.

Olympics enjoyed more possession of the game with a goal up, teasing their opponents with some display of passes with Gladson Awako and Samuel Ashie Quaye dictating the pace of the game.

The game did not really looked like one that Inter Allies had any stake in as their strikers kept making mistakes in the Olympics goal area, allowing Ebenezer Sekyere and Jamal Deen Haruna to enjoy a free day.

Maxwell Abby Quaye doubled the Dade Boys lead in the 80th minute through his second penalty of the day after an Allies player was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box following a thunderous shot from Michell Otuo.

The goal seemed to have ended the day for Inter Allies whose players protested the penalty call from Referee Musah Mubarik.

The win takes Olympics to the top 4 of the league with 14 points

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GPLWK9: I Am Eager To Face Hearts Of Oak- Eleven Wonders Ibrahim Salifu

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Eleven Wonders winger, Ibrahim Salifu says he is anxious to play against Hearts of Oak but there is nothing that frightens him about the game coming up on Sunday.

Salifu has drawn many talking points with his performance in the league so far and would be the main man to watch in the game after winning five-man of the match award in eight matches.

The young attacker in an interview with Ashh FM said they “are not afraid of Hearts of Oak” although the Phobians humiliated Bechem United at the Accra Sports Stadium.

“We are not afraid of Hearts of Oak, though they defeated Bechem United by 6 goals to 1, every team has its own game plan”.

“This is my first time playing against Hearts of Oak, and I’m eager to play against them.

“Hearts of Oak is a big club, I respect them a lot but I’m not scared”.

The match week 9 fixture is set for 6 pm kickoff time in Accra.

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GPLWK9: Fabio Gama Would Be A “Bench Warmer” Here- WAFA Chief Supporter Claim

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A chief supporter of West Africa Football Academy, Yohanes Hadzor Nugbe says Asante Kotoko starman Fabio Gama will struggle for minutes at WAFA.

According to Nugbe, the Academy boys will beat Kotoko as the latter travel to Sogakope on Sunday.

WAFA has never lost at home to the Porcupines and as well hold an unbeaten home record this season.

“A year by now Wafa will be crowned as the champions of Ghana premier league.” He told Kumasi-based Ashh FM

“Kotoko has never won at sogakokpe before and whatever it takes we will take all the 3 points and if possible 3 goals. Victory is our hallmark and a drawn match at home is a defeat to us,”

“If Fabio Gama was to be at Wafa he will be a retired player and even if he is part of the team he will be a bench warmer”

The crunch fixture will come off at 3 PM kickoff time.

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