Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Pinnick’s NFF owe coaches, staffers 9 months salaries

NFF's worst leader since 1945?

*Late Amodu too included

Amaju Pinnick-led Board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has once again displayed it's penchant for owing national team coaches, especially the indigenous ones.

Several national team coaches are being owed as much as nine months salary including staffers of the secretariat. The coaches include assistant coach of the Super Eagles, Salisu Yusuf, Flying Eagles coach Emmanuel Amuneke, Golden Eaglet's coach Manu Garba as well as the late Technical Director of the NFF, Shaibu Amodu.

The most affected among the coaches however is the Super Eagles assistant coach, Salisu Yusuf. While other coaches recently received one month payment from the nine months salary arrears, Salisu Yusuf who has four children in the university is yet to receive a dime, despite working all year with the Nigerian national team. The coach also takes care of his accumulating bill at Bolton White Apartments, where he has been staying.

In a report gotten from a reliable source, NFF in its attempt to pay Salisu Yusuf recently, mistakenly paid the money into the account of Belgian Jean Francois Loscuito who was assistant to Sunday Oliseh. Of course, the NFF was still owing the former as well.

In Emmanuel Amuneke's case and that of several others, they recently received just one month payment out of nine months salary arrears. Some of them have promised to take drastic actions against the NFF.

Furthermore, players of the U-17 men and women Nigerian national team have also received some ridiculous treatments. The U-17 girls reportedly got N10,000 from the Nigerian Football Federation after representing the country at the FIFA U-17 world cup. The same treatment was meted to the U-20 women’s team.

The U-17 boy's who just returned from an 8-nation invitational tournament in South Korea were also paid just N5,000.  Meanwhile, investigation revealed that the NFF indeed got well over $100,000 USD from the organisers of the Suwon invitational tournament as appearance fee.

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