FIFA 'deeply concerned' at social media footage of DR Congo Under-20 women's national team

Global soccer gamers’ union FIFPRO posted video footage showing to point out group coaching on the street earlier than an Under-20 World Cup qualifier.

FIFPRO says the video, which it posted to its official Twitter web page on Thursday, exhibits the group executing a passing drill on a mud street with automobiles and motorbikes passing by. At one level, the drill is interrupted as a yellow van drives down the street between the gamers.

“Player welfare is a top priority for FIFA and we have taken immediate steps with authorities in the country, including FECOFA [the Congolese Federation of Football Association], to guarantee the safety and welfare of all players involved,” stated FIFA in a press release despatched to CNN.

Players’ union FIFPRO says FECOFA didn’t guide satisfactory pitch time forward of the group’s 2022 World Cup qualifier towards Cameroon on September 25, which the group misplaced 4-0 at home.
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The video that FIFPRO posted then exhibits the ladies sleeping exterior of their tracksuits. FIFPRO says they have been kicked out of their lodge on October 12, which the gamers’ union stated the Congolese FA did not pay for.

“This is unacceptable,” FIFPRO wrote on the finish of the video, which it stated in a press release was taken by a member of the general public.

The therapy of girls footballers in Africa, notably round funds, has lengthy been a difficulty on the continent.

The Congolese FA (FECOFA) didn’t reply to a number of requests for remark by CNN over the previous few days. CNN couldn’t confirm the contents of the video.

“The Congolese player union is in contact with the players. They are ok and now back at their homes, if upset about their appalling treatment by the national federation,” FIFPRO stated in a press release to CNN.

“The union has also written a formal letter of complaint about their treatment to the Congolese FA,” the assertion stated.

Asked for remark, the continent’s governing physique — the Confederation of African Football — directed CNN to FECOFA and soccer’s world governing physique FIFA.

The girls’s Under-20 World Cup is because of happen in Costa Rica subsequent yr after being postponed since 2020.

DR Congo misplaced its return fixture towards Cameroon 5-0, that means the latter will now face Nigeria within the subsequent spherical.

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