D’Tigress, Nigeria’s women basketball team, has turned down an offer from the Ministry of Sports to get a portion of the money owing to them.
They insist that the ministry should hold off on doing until the ministry’s plans incorporate every member of the team’s playing and non-playing personnel from 2018 to date.
The players criticized the Presidency, the Ministry of Sports, and the Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF) in a video that has since gone viral. The team stated that the Nigerian government and ministry have neglected to reward them following their historic victories in 2017, 2019, and 2021.
They stated the Ministry failed to disburse $100,000 (N41.1 million) in allowances provided by three banks to the Nigerian women’s basketball team in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In addition, their allowances, bonuses, and a $4,900 training stipend had not been paid.
They have been offered a part of the outstanding money from the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup, according to a statement released on their official Instagram page on Thursday. They, however, turned down the partial payment, insisting that the Ministry and the NBBF meet all of their requests.
“It is incredibly sad that we had to take these measures for things we shouldn’t fight for, for it to be addressed. We are glad we have the support of our fans, friends, family, pundits and some leadership around the world to bring awareness to what has plagued not only Nigerian sports but Africa in general,” read part of a statement issued.
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