The NFF have acknowledged its failure in meeting contractual agreements with its national team coaches.
Widely criticized for owing coaches under its employ such as Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro alongside Super Falcons counterpart, the NFF have released a statement.
According to Ademola Olajire, the Director of Communications for the NFF, admitted the organization is facing financial challenges, stating that the football body is currently cash-strapped and unable to fulfill its financial obligations.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has acknowledged its failure to meet its contractual obligations to coaches working under its employment.
The NFF has been widely criticized for its inability to pay salaries on time, with reports indicating that Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro, and Super Falcons counterpart, Randy Waldrum, have experienced delays in receiving their wages.
Furthermore, players from various national teams have also reportedly been affected, as camp allowances and match bonuses remain unpaid.
Ademola Olajire, the Director of Communications for the NFF, openly admitted the financial challenges faced by the organization, stating that the football body is currently cash-strapped and unable to fulfill its financial obligations. However, he emphasized that efforts are underway to address the outstanding payment issues and resolve the financial difficulties.
“The NFF has been facing huge financial challenges, and there is an ongoing effort to resolve all the issues relating to unpaid wages,” said Olajire in a statement to BBC Sport Africa. “It is unfortunately not something to be proud of, and the new board of the federation is working hard to resolve the problems.”
The delayed payments have raised concerns within the football community, as the NFF’s failure to meet its financial commitments has adversely impacted the coaches and players. Timely and regular payment of salaries, allowances, and bonuses is crucial to maintaining the morale and motivation of the national team members, as well as ensuring the smooth functioning of the teams.
The NFF’s acknowledgment of the issue signals a recognition of its responsibility and the need to address the situation promptly. The newly appointed board of the federation has expressed its commitment to resolving the financial challenges and ensuring that all outstanding payments are made.
The football community and stakeholders will be closely monitoring the NFF’s actions in rectifying the situation. Timely payment of salaries, allowances, and bonuses not only demonstrates the NFF’s commitment to its employees but also serves to maintain the integrity and professionalism of Nigerian football.
The successful resolution of these financial issues will contribute to a more stable and conducive environment for the national teams, allowing them to focus on their respective competitions and achieve optimal performance on the field.
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