Former Super Falcons winger, Patience Avre has written an open letter to her former Super Falcons teammates over an alleged misappropriation of ₦10 million reward offered by the Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyeama, for the 1999 class during an award ceremony in Lagos last year.
The U.S based ex-Super Falcons, who was unavoidably absent at the ceremony due to the delivery of her first baby described the action of some of her teammates as greed, alleged that some of her teammates pocketed the ₦10 million.
In the letter, Avre stated that it is wrong for her teammates to share the reward among those that only attended the event since the money was offered to the class of the Super Falcons of 1999 for their quality performances as the first Nigerian team to reach the quarterfinal at the FIFA World Cup.
“I won’t take this rubbish from anybody,” Avre said. “I made the Super Falcons squad on merit, and I did not sleep with any coach before I was selected for a major tournament. I played a major role at USA ’99 FIFA World Cup, and anybody holding on to my share of the N10 million largesse must be ready to face embarrassment. I will go any length to expose them. They won’t like what they will see.”
Other Players left out of the largesse include former Defensive Midfielder, Ebere Opara , Prisca Emeafu , Captain of the team , Florence Omagbemi and Kike Ajayi .
In her reaction on a WhatApp group for the Super Falcons of 1999 set, Former Goalkeeper, Judith Chime who replaced Ann Chiejienie in the dramatic 4-3 defeat to Brazil in the quarterfinals stated that ₦10 million reward should be shared again for the benefit for those left out.
“ Ladies , if returning the money will stop all this talk then so be it , because the way the issue is going , we might forget ourselves and say things we shouldn’t say , So please , let’s stop and give back whatever is ask of , after which we can continue our daily life …”
No official statement yet from the Nigeria Football Federation or the donor, the Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyeama .