“It is unfortunate that we are celebrating victory of the Super Falcons amidst some bitter feelings among the players because of some administrative lapses that were not managed properly because if the situation was explained to these girls, I don’t think the situation would have gotten to this level. They have stamped their authority and dominance over football in the continent, having consistently won the trophy eight times. After the girls came back from Cameroon, we had lunch with them and they were in high spirits, the communication gap in trying to convey the situation to them could have been what led to it."He said no money was readily available to pay the players. However, he said serious efforts are being made to find a way to solve the problem at hand. He said:
“Don’t forget that nobody even knew the team would emerge victorious. If we were confident they would emerge victorious, all the federation would have done is to plan for process of participation and entitlement. And when they win, it’s already established in sports tradition that when you win, this is what you’re entitled to. The situation is highly unfortunate and I don’t like it, these girls have given confidence to women who want to embrace sports. So, this will go a long way in killing this laudable achievement. It’s unfortunate, but we’ll make sure the right thing is done”.Meanwhile, Nigerians didn't find his statement funny at all... they immediately lambast him on Twitter.
"The Super Falcons are more important and precious to us than the male team." - Sport Minister, Solomon Dalung.— Abubakar Sidiq Usman (@MrAbuSidiq) November 29, 2016
In a twist, Solomon Dalung has said his ministry was not prepared for the Falcons' win at AWCON.— BROUHAHA (@BrouhahaNG) December 8, 2016
Incompetence is a person.
Once, the name Solomon was a synonym for wisdom.— Naijaman (@hugo_davy) December 9, 2016
Then Dalung happened.
Good Morning everyone except @MBuhari and @SolomonDalung. You can go and collect your good morning from our Falcon champions.— C. Soon #DamiBants (@DamiElebe) December 9, 2016
"Solomon Dalung is the most embarrassing human being in the Nation" - actor Kunle Remi slams the sports minister https://t.co/G1azbMkNBu— Linda Ikeji (@lindaikeji) December 9, 2016
for those wondering why Solomon Dalung hasn't been sacked, what is the difference between him and the person that appointed him?— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (@Rouvafe) December 8, 2016
Solomon Dalung should open his mouth only when he is in the toilet, for obvious reasons.— Mike Asukwo (@Asukwoeb) December 8, 2016
New word:— ™Dare Akogun (@draybaba93) December 8, 2016
Dalung: bereft of ideas
Usage: King Solomon can't be Dalung @temiokomi @RadioPaparazi @OlufemiAjasa @Omojuwa @olywal @omaakatugba pic.twitter.com/vaWvFBT50r
I've said it before. Will say it again. The best thing @SolomonDalung can do for Nigerian sports at this time is to just STOP TALKING!— Colin NOT Collins (@ColinUdoh) December 8, 2016
Lolz, He then replied:@SolomonDalung still wondering what you are still doing in that seat? An Embarrassment to Sport in Nigeria. A big disappointment!!!!— Ibrahim Kadiri (@bragadoe28) December 9, 2016
The red barret is signature of commitment to selflessness to the wellbeing of the masses and to me is like a religion of a sort— Solomon Dalung (@SolomonDalung) November 26, 2015