Falconets defender Mary Ologbosere has been referred to the traumatic unit of a hospital in Abuja after she suffered from depression and collapsed at an Abuja hotel.
Vanguard reports this is following the inability of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to pay the players on arrival from the U-20 World Cup in Papua New Guinea.
The 18-year-old defender lost her father while the Falconets were at the World Cup and the entire family were counting on her to come back and bury him.
A shocked Ologbosere cried all through the night and had to be rushed to hospital as a result, where she has now been admitted to the traumatic unit.
“She is totally shattered by this heartless treatment,” simply reported a team official at the Serob Legacy Hotel.
“It’s truly a pathetic case.” 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. It would also be recalled 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.