Abuja - Minister for Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are at loggerheads over the appointment of a foreign coach for the Super Eagles.
The NFF president Amaju Pinnick has made public his desire to hire a foreigner to replace Sunday Oliseh, who resigned in February.
News24 had reported that five foreign coaches have been contacted for screening to select the most preferred.
In a meeting between the sport ministry and the NFF on Tuesday, the issue of foreign coach, non-payment of salaries and bonuses were discussed. The board was also asked to give a more in-depth technical report on the failed outing of the Super Eagles in the 2017 AFCON qualifiers.
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According to the minister’s media aid Nkem Anibeze, “Hiring and firing of coaches is not the solution to our problems. Coaches should be empowered and supported to do much.
“On hiring and firing of coaches, a report has also been submitted. The issue of a foreign coach was debated extensively.
“The NFF was asked to present a report on if we actually need a foreign coach. If yes, let's know how he'll be funded.
“A decision to hire a foreign coach will be decided based on the submission on the technical report.”
In the meeting, Dalung also noted that money released by the ministry to NFF does not include payment of their coaches. And the football body have to mop up money from wherever and pay the coaches.
Also, the clause excluding 'outsiders' from contesting for elective positions into the NFF board has been repealed. Awaiting the congress.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.