Lagos - After months of speculations, the Nigeria Football Federation have
officially admitted they are broke.
Confirming this is the president of the Nigeria Football
Federation, Amaju Pinnick, who said they are currently tied to the
'apron-strings' of the Federal Government.
"You can see the states are begging the Federal Government
for bailout funds to pay salaries and it is also affecting the football
federation because we are still (financially) tied to the apron-strings of
government," Pinnick said.
The Glass House have struggled to pay the salaries of national
team coaches, as well as match bonuses and allowances for players stretching
over the last four months.
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The Super Eagles are yet to be paid their match bonuses for the
2-0 win over Swaziland in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier last month, so also
for players of the U23, whom they still owe match bonuses from the All Africa
Games last September.
National team coaches are also being owed, with U23 and U17
coaches, Samson Siasia and Emmanuel Amuneke respectively coming out to the
media about not being paid for months.
As he spoke further, Pinnick admitted they may have to call the
coaches to a meeting to explain their financial predicaments.
"We are going through tough times but we are managing. A time
will come and if it continues like this, we will have no choice but to call the
national team coaches and explain to them that we are tied to the apron-strings
of the government.
"What is good for the goose, is also good for the gander. If
it's affecting the states, it's also affecting every other area of the economy,
so obviously that can also affect us," he added.