Super Falcons star Asisat Oshoala has said Fifa’s plan to double the prize-money for the Women’s World Cup from 2023 is ‘still not enough’.
Earlier this month, president of the world football governing body Gianni Infantino announced plans to increase the purse for the Women’s World Cup from $30m to $60m, launch a women’s Club World Cup and expand the competition to a 32-team tournament from 2023.
However, the 3-time African Footballer of the Year maintains that the planned improved prize-money still falls short with respect to the men’s competition where teams shared $400m in Russia last year, with champions France pocketing $38m.
“The increment for the women is good, but I mean, it is still not enough,” the Barcelona forward said in an interview with Channels TV. “Personally, I would say it is still not enough.
“The male teams can be having about 400 (million dollars) or thereabout, and you are giving 60 (million dollars) to the women, I mean that’s not enough. If you are preaching equality, then, it has to start from you as well.
“There is still more to do. It shows they (FIFA) are listening to people, and the campaign going on all around the world is actually getting to them. They are trying to make some certain improvement, but it’s still not enough.”
Aside the clamour for equal reward for both sexes, the former Arsenal Ladies player believes there are ‘more pressing issues’ bedeviling the game in Africa that needs to be addressed.
“We have more pressing issues in Africa rather than fighting for equal pay, these are the things, I mean. The league is not good; we don’t have good structures for the leagues in Africa as a whole, not just Nigeria.
“So, I think there is a whole lot of component that needs to be touched for proper improvement and proper structure.”