The Indian Women's football national team are yet to receive the promised prize money from the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for winning the 2017 South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championships which was held earlier this year.
The AIFF had promised to give the team a sum of Rs 1 Lakh per player if they went ahead and won the tournament, but according to the Hindustan Times, the players are yet to receieve the prize money with it being reported that they were not even given daily allowance during the competition.
It has been almost nine months since the event, but nothing has been deposited in the players accounts, with a number of them too scared to speak openly about it fearing backlash from the authorities.
"If the federation comes to know I have given you some inputs on the subject, my name will be struck off the national team,” said a team member pleading anonymity, while another player revealed that despite collecting the details of their bank account and PAN card, no funds have been transferred so far.
The team manager Indu Choudhary though has refuted such suggestions claiming that a delay does not mean that the federation will not deliver on the promises made.
"The players will certainly get the dues as the process is on. There are certain formalities to be done. The moment it is complete, the money will be transferred to the account of the players,” she told the Hindustan Times.
The Indian Women's Football team are currently ranked higher than the Men's team and will be looking to qualify for the 2019 World Cup over the next year or so.