Courtney Dike, Falconets star and Oklahoma State Football team forward has rejected the $7000 paid to her by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, for participating at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Dike said the opportunity to play for the Falconets is way better than any monetary gifts she could receive.
The 19-year-old, who is the younger sister of Bright Dike, Super Eagles forward, represented the country at the competition where she scored the fastest goal in the tournament’s history.
Sanusi Mohammed, NFF Head of Competition 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 too young to earn that much.”
Meanwhile Dilichukwu Onyedinma, head of the Nigeria Women League board said Dike deserves a national award for her patriotic act, adding that what she did was worth emulating by other players in the country.
“She is a star and patriotic Nigerian who put service to her fatherland above money. The minister is aware and we will push the act before the NFF so it can inspire many others. Doing this with the backing of her parents, Courtney Dike should be applauded and perhaps celebrated,” Dilichukwu said.Follow Us on Social Media