Friday, 18 December 2015

Sports minister orders NFF to pay all outstanding salaries to coaches and players


Solomon Dalung, Nigeria's sports minister, has ordered the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to pay all outstanding allowances and bonuses owed players and officials of the various national teams.

In his address at the 71st General Assembly of the NFF, Dalung directed the NFF to source for funds from anywhere and pay the players from the Golden Eaglets, the Super Falcons and the Falconets after he received lots of letters.
"I have heard series of complaints from players and coaches of how their salaries and allowances were not paid," Dalung spoke at the NFF congress on Wednesday at Transcop Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
"From previous reports of crisis from the players' camp, the issue has always been that officials took players money! Please pay them their money.
"An angel said to the three wise men behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy. This is Christmas season. Bring glad tidings to the players. Pay them all outstanding bonuses and allowances before Christmas."
On Eaglets and Dream Team VI successes at the Fifa U17 World Cup in Chile and Caf U23 Championship in Senegal respectively, Dalung congratulated the NFF for bringing glory to the nation. He however, urged the congressmen to eschew needless rancour with the NFF leadership in moving the game forward.
"However, I keep asking myself, after all the victories, what is behind the crisis in the NFF," he continued.
"I want to borrow this phrase from Amaju (Pinnick). He said he will have to step on toes to move Nigeria's football forward.
"I will trample on toes. If the NFF domesticates crisis, you drive away investors. So, I urge you to avoid crises.
"To the members of the federation and the General Assembly, there is no need to unnecessarily attack the leadership when there's no genuine reason to do so.
"I am an undertaker and I will continue to do so. We will chastise you when you do wrong," he concluded.
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