Thousands of miles from that actual base, there are three African countries at the Women’s World Cup in France – Nigeria, South Africa, and Cameroon.
And as a former Nigerian national team player, Ayisat Yusuf-Aromire watching the current Super Falcons team take center stage at the tournament, she is acutely aware of the fact that women’s football often falls. Following bonuses and allowances are not paid. The Nigerian team still enjoys much better perks than women.
African teams represent at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France
The former football player played defensively for the Nigerian national team still has unhappy memories of the 2004 African Women’s Championship (now the African Women’s Cup), run by the African Football Federation. (CAF) organization. Yusuf-Aromire, 34, recalls staging a sit-down rally with his teammates in South Africa after winning the championship.
The Super Falcons have finally settled their bill after pressure from players and the media. In 2016, the Super Falcons staged a similar demonstration for unpaid bonuses outside of Nigeria’s parliament after winning the Cup of African Women Nations in Cameroon. CNN contacted the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) for comment but has yet to receive a response.
The salary is not equal
Late payouts for football players of both sexes are a chronic problem on the continent. However, the payout gap between male and female players is even more common.
Banyana players received R5,000 (about $339) in a competitive match to win. Meanwhile, Bafana players received as much as R60,0000 (around $4,000) when they won a game, according to a report Times Live South Africa.
However, the South African Football Association took steps to remedy the balance. They raised Banyana Banyana’s salary, equal for the first time to their male colleagues, according to a report above.
Nigeria too has recently taken steps to correct the wage gap between male and female players. The NFF told CNN that they conducted a salary review in 2017. It resulted in the Super Falcons base match bonus being increased to $ 3,000 per player. Meanwhile, the base bonus for the men’s team was reduced from 10,000 to $ 5,000 per player.