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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Patriotism: Super Falcon Player Courtney Dike Rejects World Cup N1.2m Bonus

 Super Falconets player, Courtney Dike has turned down the N1.2m ($7,000) bonus given to each player as bonus for playing in the 2014 FIFA U20 Women World Cup. 

 Courtney who is the younger sister of Super Eagles player, Bright Dike said she valued playing for Nigeria, more than the monetary reward. Head of competition, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Dr. Sanusi Mohammed, made the revelation, saying that the federation was amazed at her refusal.

Sanusi told that efforts to reach her mother could not even change Courtney's mind as her mother instead supported her daughter's stand not to collect the money. The Federation member said:

"Courtney Dike is based in America. When she was paid the outstanding 10 days worth 

of allowances in the tune of seven thousand dollars, she turned it down. When we called her mother to confirm the delivery of the allowances, she declined it and insisted the opportunity to serve Nigeria was all the reward the family needed. Besides she said she was to young to earn that much.”

 In a related development, The head of Nigeria Women League board, Dilichukwu Onyedinma has admonished Nigerian footballers to emulate the exemplary behavior of Courtney Dike , Falconets player who refused to collect the match bonus and other financial benefits due to her as a member of silver winning squad at the FIFA Under 20 Women World Cup.

In a chat with the same Onyedinma stressed further that she deserves special commendation for her patriotism.‎

” It’s an exemplary behavior from a female footballer. With such discipline from Courtney Dike and the backing of her parents, this should beapplauded and perhaps celebrate her.”

” She’s a star and a patriotic Nigerian who did not put money above service. The Minister is aware and we’ll push this patriotic act before the Football Federation so it can inspire many,” the administrator said.

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