Super Falcons Receive Short-changed FIFA World Cup Prize Money

Super Falcons line up for a match at the 2023 FIFA women's world cup.

Nigeria’s Super Falcons according to reports have started receiving their 2023 FIFA women’s world cup prize money reports.

The Super Falcons progressed into the knockout stages from their group where they faced Canada, Australia and Republic of Ireland. And based on FIFA’s statement, every player at the world cup is expected to gulp thirty thousand dollars($30,000) as participation fee. This fee is expected to double when teams progress from group stages(which Nigeria did); so they’re entitled to $60,000 each.

Super Falcons to receive $42,500 FIFA prize money.
Super Falcons defender Michelle Alozie in action against Ethiopia

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However, a recent report by English journalist Osasu Obayiuwana Super Falcons players will not get $60,000, but $42,500.

Super Falcons receive Short-changed FIFA world cup money

According to the renowned writer, the deduction was as a result of tax payable to the Australian government. While teams that camper in Australia will be taxed, those camped in New Zealand weren’t taxed (and will receive full monies).

“I can confirm, after speaking to one of the @NGSuper_Falcons players, that they have started being paid. But there is a twist from the @FIFAcom end, which the players and @thenff didn’t know about from the jump – their 60k fee is subject to a whopping 32.5% withholding tax deduction from @ato_gov_au.  This means the players are only being paid $42,500 each,” Osasu posted on his X (formerly Twitter) handle.

Super Falcons defeat Ethiopia to stand a chance of qualifying for the 2024 Olympics.
Rasheedat Ajibade in action against Ethiopia.

Speaking further, the former BBC reporter revealed that Zambia’s Copper Queens will not be taxed, as they were camped in New Zealand.

“To put this in context, the players of @Copper_Queens, #Zambia’s team at the #FIFAWWC in #NewZealand, did not have one penny in taxes deducted from their match fees,” he continued.

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Per Osasu’s statement as revealed to him by a NFF official, “The teams based in New Zealand got their complete money without a tax cut. … The teams in Australia were short-changed by a huge amount of money. Clearly, FIFA, the apostle of FAIR PLAY, did not apply financial fair play to the teams in Australia.”

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