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Nigerian Female Basketball Team Denied Bonuses: A Troubling Tale Of Injustice by vengertime: 9:48am On Jul 09, 2023
In the world of sports especially in other African countries, triumphs and successes are celebrated on the grandest stages. However, behind the scenes, there are often untold stories of struggle and adversity. Such is the case for the Nigerian female basketball team, whose remarkable achievements have been overshadowed by the Nigerian government's refusal to pay their well-deserved bonuses. Adding salt to the wound, the government's decision to recruit a new coach to scout for new players just weeks before a major tournament further highlights the glaring injustice faced by these talented athletes.

The Team's Remarkable Journey:

The Nigerian female basketball team has made their nation proud time and again. They have triumphed over numerous challenges to establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with in international basketball. They have won the African continent three times back to back since 2017.

Their hard work and dedication have not only brought glory to Nigeria but also inspired countless young girls to pursue their dreams on the court.

Refusal to Pay Bonuses:

Despite their exceptional performance and dedication, the Nigerian government's refusal to pay the team their bonuses is a blatant disregard for the efforts of these talented athletes. These bonuses are not just financial incentives but also a symbol of appreciation and recognition for their commitment and sacrifices.
By denying these payments, the government is sending a disheartening message that the hard work and achievements of these athletes hold little value.

Impact on the Players:

The consequences of this unjust treatment are far-reaching. Many of the team members come from humble backgrounds, and the promised bonuses serve as a lifeline for their families.

The financial stability that these payments could provide is now uncertain, leaving the players in a state of anxiety and distress. Moreover, the lack of acknowledgment and support from their own government is demoralizing, affecting their morale and future dedication to the sport.

Recruitment of a New Coach:

In an astonishing display of misplaced priorities, the Nigerian government has chosen to recruit a new coach to scout for new players just weeks before a major tournament. This decision not only undermines the current team but also displays a lack of faith and support in the players who have already proven their talent and potential. It is a disservice to the team's hard work and camaraderie, jeopardizing their chances of success in the upcoming tournament.

The new coach is currently scouting for new players in Chicago, Surulere and Abuja because our champions are not invited to camp. How can she perform magic in two weeks. The American coach Otis, felt really disrespected after he worked hard to qualify for world cup and some few politicians led by former minister of sports Sunday dare, sat in his office to make a decision not to go for the world cup cos he felt disrespected that the girls asked for their bonuses.

The Call for Justice and Fairness:

The treatment of the Nigerian female basketball team by the government is unacceptable. These talented athletes have given their all for their country, and it is only fair that they receive the recognition and remuneration they deserve. The government must honor its commitment to the team and ensure that their bonuses are paid without delay. Furthermore, the decision to recruit a new coach should be reconsidered, as it undermines the team's unity and sends a discouraging message to aspiring athletes. No serious player in the diaspora would want to play for Nigeria ever again. Imagine if Nneka Ogwumike and her sister chiney of WNBA have decided to choose Nigeria over USA this is how their career would've ended cos of corrupt politicians.

Supporting the Team:

In times like these, it is crucial for the international sports community(FIBA), fans, and organizations to rally behind the Nigerian female basketball team. By amplifying their voices, advocating for justice, and demanding fair treatment, we can exert pressure on the Nigerian government to rectify this injustice. Additionally, sports federations and organizations should offer support to the team, both morally and financially, to alleviate the burden they currently face.


The plight of the Nigerian female basketball team serves as a stark reminder of the challenges faced by athletes in Nigeria. It is disheartening to witness the government's refusal to pay their bonuses and the decision to recruit a new coach, undermining the team's unity and potential.

The time has come for the Nigerian government to right this wrong, honor their commitment to the team, and provide the support and recognition these extraordinary athletes so rightfully deserve. Together, we must stand in solidarity with the team, ensuring that their voices are heard and their grievances are addressed. Same treatment is being used on our female football team (super falcons)

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