One of Nigeria’s defenders in the Women’s U-20 World Cup, Mary Ologboserehas been referred to the traumatic unit of a hospital in Abuja after she suffered from depression following the inability of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)to pay the players on arrival from the tournament.
The 18-year-old player lost her father during the competition and according to Vanguard, the entire family were counting on her to come back and bury him.
The NFF reportedly paid the players N10,000 each. Ologbosere cried all through the night, and had to be rushed to the hospital.
“She is totally shattered by this heartless treatment. It’s truly a pathetic case,” a team official said.
“We met with the NFF General Secretary (Mohammed Sanusi) and one board member, and they pleaded with us to give them some time to raise even the transport fare (N20,000) that we need to return to our clubs. They told us that we will not be evicted from the hotels as it was earlier threatened but pleaded for our understanding saying there is no money for the NFF to cried all through the night and had to be rushed to hospital as a result, where she has now been admitted at the traumatic unit,” a source added.
According to Vanguard:
The 10,000 Naira paid each player was the only money they received from the NFF since they opened training camp for the World Cup earlier this year. The team have vowed not to leave the hotel they were booked into until they have got their cash.
At the World Cup, they won two matches, against Spain and Canada. (Recall) that the Nigeria U-19 team led by Manu Garba were also sent away on their return from an invitational tournament in Suwon, South Korea, after they were paid a paltry 5,000 Naira each.