Former coaches of the national teams may heave a huge sigh of relief soon as the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) have launched measures to verify the actual amount owed and find out ways to clear them.
This was revealed by the NFF technical committee chairman, Barrister Chris Green to New Telegraph when he was asked about the invitation of former coaches to the Glass House in Abuja.
“What they are here for [the coaches] is very important. They are being owed salaries and emoluments,” Green said.
“What we are trying to do by inviting them is to verify what they are being owed, compute their names and see ways and means of paying them in accordance with the agreement with AITEO Group, the sponsor for the salary of our coaches.”
Some of the coaches that stormed Abuja for the verification process were Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf, Okon Effiong, Toyin Ayinla, John Obuh and Emeka Amadi. While former coach of the Super Eagles, Austin Eguavoen, denies having any knowledge of the invitation.
The former Enyimba gaffer said that the move will be an encouragement to those who have served the country in such capacities and will be happier when these salary arrears are finally cleared.
“I really want to give credit to the NFF for taking this decision, it is long overdue. Although I am yet to get any invitation to that effect, I believe they will do so in due course.
“The federation will have their reasons for owing up to this stage, some of us are aware of the economic situation in the country and to be fair with the current leaders of the NFF, they inherited part of the debt.
“That situation wouldn’t some of us from helping out whenever we are called upon because Nigeria is our country and football is our business,” the new Sunshine Stars boss said.