November 11, 2014 – Nigeria’s U-20 Women National Team star, Courtney Dike, has explained why she rejected $7,000 bonus she was entitled to at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup finals in Canada.
The Oklahoma State University student wrote in a mail: “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.”