Lagos - Former Super Eagles defender Efe Sodje has blasted the Nigeria Football Federation for paying new Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr $47 000 as monthly salary, Punch reports.
Rohr will head the Super Eagles technical team till 2018 after sealing a two-year deal with the NFF.
His monthly salary, according to report, will be financed by billionaire businessman Ifeanyi Ubah who owns Capital Oil, and also Nigeria Premier League club FC IfeanyiUbah.
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Sodje argued that indigenous coaches who previously were in charge of the Super Eagles were not paid such huge sum of money despite their sacrifices.
“When Shuaibu Amodu, Stephen Keshi and Sunbday Oliseh were in charge of the team, they weren’t paid such amount. They honour people here (England), but they don’t in Nigeria.Here the FA is concerned about their own people but we keep letting our own people down,” Sodje said.
“We should respect our own people. Nobody knows him (Rohr) but they gave him the crucial job of taking us to the World Cup. Why didn’t they take the same risk on Nigerian coaches? If you put this man down amongst five white men, no Nigerian will know him. But put Salisu (Yusuf) or Samson Siasia among five blacks and Nigerians will know him. So why don’t we go for who we know?”
Sodje was part of the Super Eagles team that won silver at the Africa Cup of Nation in 2000, where Nigeria lost to Cameroun in the final played in Lagos.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.
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