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NFF to pay outstanding bonuses of Super Eagles, coaches’ salaries

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By Tony Oji

The Nigeria Football Federation says it is working assiduously to pay the outstanding bonuses, allowances of the senior men national team as well as salaries owed the coaches of the team, Orient Sports reports.

NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, said in Abuja on Wednesday that the challenges and disruptions caused by the global coronavirus pandemic are still being felt by government institutions, businesses all over the world and there was no need to pretend that these are normal times.

“The NFF deserves no joy in owing players and coaches their entitlements. The same players and coaches have been well-taken-care of. We provided the necessary facilities when things were normal. As we work assiduously towards conquering the present challenges, we expect the players, coaches and administrative staff to show the same level of understanding that they have been showing over the past 18 months.

“Of course, we are pragmatists and we realize that these things can be frustrating while some people will boil over and talk about them. It is normal. Last month, during the friendlies in Austria, we were able to pay some of the outstanding bonuses and allowances. We are working

at a pace presently to clear what is remaining.

“As I speak, we are owing the team bonuses and allowances from only the last two matches, while payments for these two games have been sent to the Central Bank some weeks ago. They will receive the monies shortly. We are equally working to pay the coaches what they are being owed as salaries,” Sanusi explained.

 Reacting to a statement credited to Super Eagles’ defender, Leon Balogun on Tuesday, concerning the playing pitches, Sanusi said there are remarkable improve in that regard.

“We have never denied owing the team. Leon is a senior player that everyone respects for his

quality output on the pitch and calmness and forbearance off it, but I do not know which reports he was referring to when he said the NFF was contradicting itself.

“He also talked about playing pitches. Sincerely speaking, the past few years has seen a remarkable improvement in stadia infrastructure across the country. The team had to move round the States because the turf of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja got bad.

The NFF scribe lauded the efforts of Sunday Dare, Minister for Youth and Sports development in regard to the needed facilities to help improve the game of football.

“I must thank our hardworking Minister. Now, the pitch is coming back to shape thanks to the efforts of Sunday Dare, who got the respected Aliko Dangote’s company to work on it.

“Presently, we have exciting venues in Uyo, Benin City, Asaba, Kaduna and Lagos. Without the team moving round the States, the governments of these States probably would not have devoted much efforts into putting these facilities in world-standard shape.

“There are remarkable improvements on facilities in Ibadan, the National Stadium in Lagos and a new one in Lagos. All these will benefit the teeming youth population of Nigeria who are interested in sports,” Sanusi concluded.

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