Falconets’ Forward Courtney Dike on Why She Rejected World Cup Bonus
The Falconet’s forward, Courtney Dike played for Nigeria at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup finals in Canada. After the tournament the players were offered cash bonus but Courtney rejected hers.
She released an official statement on why she rejected the bonus. She said it was due to the rules governing her status as a student athlete under the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA).
The NCAA released their statement concerning the bonus issue:
The NCAA is the governing body of all college sports in the United States of America. An acceptance of the bonus would have meant 19 year old Courtney losing her almost $35,000 annual football scholarship at the Oklahoma State University under NCAA rules.
Read her statement below:
“I would like to respond to what I have been reading on the internet about rejecting bonuses. I am delighted to play for Nigeria whenever called upon. I knew before leaving for the U-20 World Cup that I would not accept any bonuses. Acceptance of prize money is against NCAA regulations (the division 1 collegiate governing body) here in the US, so that is the main reason for rejecting it.
Knowing this beforehand, I still chose to represent the country because I believed the experience would be more valuable than the money, and I was right,”
Dike scored two goals in the tournament including the tournament’s fastest goal.