NFF settles Keshi, others’ salaries, Maigari off to Faro

| January 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

THE much talked about unpaid salaries to the Stephen Keshi-led technical crew of the Super Eagles by their employer, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) may be laid to rest today as the body has ordered its finance department to settle all the salary arrears owed the coaches latest today.    It was learnt yesterday that the NFF also directed that the coaches, who are said to be owed three months salary, be paid up to January, as a form of motivation ahead the South Africa 2013 AFCON, which will commence on January 19.

A source hinted The Guardian that Keshi, whose monthly salary is N5 million would be paid about N20 million including his January salary, while Amokachie with a monthly salary of N3 million will smile home with N12 million. The two assistant coaches, Sylvanus Okpala and goalkeeper trainer, Ike Shorunmi, with a monthly salary of N1.5 million will receive the sum of N6 million each for their four months’ salary.

It was also gathered that contrary to reports that the coaches are owed six months’ salary, the federation has not been able to pay them for only three months, (October, November and December).

Spokesman of the NFF, Ademola Olajire, confirmed in a chat with The Guardian yesterday in Abuja that the NFF General Secretary, Musa Amadu, has directed that the salaries of the Super Eagles technical crew be settled latest Wednesday (today).

He added that the federation decided to pay up the coaches their January salary, even though the month has not ended to serve as motivation to the team as well prove to the technical crew that the federation was ready to serve them and the team better whenever they have the means to do so.

“We are dedicated to the welfare of the entire team not the coaches alone. The general secretary has directed that all the three months salary arrears of the coaches be settled latest Wednesday. The federation has gone even ahead to approve the payment of the coaches’ January salary as a form of motivation as the team prepares to depart Faro for South Africa,” Olajire stated.

Meanwhile, president of the NFF, Aminu Maigari, General Secretary, Musa Amadu and Chris Green departed Abuja yesterday evening to join the Minister of Sports/Chairman National Sports Commission (NSC) in Faro, Portugal to cheer the Super Eagles to victory in the teams last pre tournament friendly against Cape Verde today.

… NFF begs Oshiomhole, others to fund Eagles’ campaign in South Africa

By Ezeocha Nzeh, Abuja

DESPITE receiving the sum of N1.2 billion from the Presidency for Super Eagles’ preparation and participation in the South Africa 2013 AFCON, the Nigeria football Federation (NFF) has solicited financial support from some state governors for the same purpose.

The NFF had earlier planned a fund raising ceremony for the team before the commencement of the African Cup of Nations, but may have shelved it. Instead, the body is said to have decided to approach the selected state governors for direct financial support, since the team is no longer returning to Nigeria before the championship begins.

A source close to the NFF confirmed to The Guardian that letters have been sent to the government of Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Cross Rivers, Rivers, Edo, Kano, Kwara and Kaduna states, soliciting for supports in the preparation and participation of the Super Eagles for the Nations Cup.

The NFF had earlier set up a committee headed by its First vice president, Mike Umeh, to organise a fund raising ceremony, where state governors and corporate bodies will be invited to offer financial support to the preparation and participation of the team to the South Africa 2013 Afcon.

An official of the NFF said yesterday: “The federation believes that it has no time now to organise fund raising ceremony, which ideally would have been of enormous help to the team. But we have taken the decision to write to some selected governors and solicit for their support for the national team.

 

The Super Eagle belongs to all of us and victory in South Africa will go to every Nigerians. This informed the decision to carry both the states and corporate bodies along in the preparation and participation of the team in South Africa 2013 African cup of nations.”

 

“If the players were to depart from Nigeria, we would have organised a send-off party for them, which would have also serve as a form of fund raising ceremony with the governors and corporate bodies in attendance. But now that the team will be moving from their Faro camp to South Africa, the federation believes it is still in order to ask them (governors) for their support to enable us do all that is required for the team to lift the name of the country in South Africa,” the NFF official added.

 

Sports Minister/chairman of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Bolaji Abdulahi, had disclosed recently that the presidency approved the released of the sum of N1.2b to the NFF, which the federation budgeted for the preparation and participation of the Super Eagles in the South Africa 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

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