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Super Falcons protest may extend beyond Eid-l Maulud Festival

Nigeria's women's team say they are fighting for their rights as they continue a sit-in protest at a hotel in Abuja over outstanding payments.

Nigeria's Super Falcons' Captain lifted the AWCON Cup after beaten Cameroon in the final of the tournament.

But since returning from Cameroon, the team is yet to be hosted or rewarded for their achievement, with sports minister Solomon Dalung strangely admitting that the defending champions and Africa's No.1 women's team were not expected to win.

"While a State's compliance with the obligations under these treaties is assessed in the light of financial and other resources, a lack of resources can not justify inaction or indefinite postponement of implementation".

"As I speak with you, we are still owing the Super Eagles for the matches against Zambia and Algeria, but the memos have gone to government and are being looked at", he said.

"SERAP also argues that the Nigerian government can not use recession and the current economic situation in the country to objectively justify a difference in treatment of the players of the Super Eagles and the Super Falcons on grounds of sex".

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He said most took shelter because they feared aftershocks could knock down their houses, which were partially damaged. Some people spent the night outdoors while thousands of others took refuge in mosques and temporary shelters.

"The plan is to stay here until we all receive the money because the moment we leave there will be no opportunity to get it again". He has been energetically pushing the cases of the various national teams.

The Super Falcons' protest began on Tuesday. "Fair and non-discriminatory systems represent best practices, consistent with Nigeria's global human rights obligations and commitments".

The Super Falcons, who crushed their Cameroonian counterparts on Saturday to emerge victorious, had reportedly seized the trophy following the inability of the Nigerian Football Federation to pay their bonuses and allowances.

"We don't feel like the Super Falcons of Nigeria, we don't have a feeling of seniority - we are being treated like we are age-group players, like the Under-17s and the Under-20s".

The Falcons, who won the Championship in Cameroon are now having a sit in in an hotel over unpaid allowances. "Yet, the Super Eagles has not over the years been as successful as their female counterparts". "Nigeria has ratified the two conventions".

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