By Emmanuel Aziken, Abuja
Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports has welcomed the appointment of Swede Coach Lars Lagerback saying it was the desire of most Nigerians to have a technical coach to again raise the image of Nigerian football.
Senator Lokpobiri even if stunned, however, kept mute on the reported N40 million salary per month to be earned by the Swede saying he was yet to get confirmation on it.
â€œIt is a welcome development, we have always contended that we need a foreign technical adviser, so I think it is a welcome development and I pray that all Nigerians give the man the cooperation that is needed for him to perform,â€ Senator Lokpobiri told Sports Vanguard.
On the technical expertise of the Swede, he said:
â€œI donâ€™t know much about him and what I read in the papers was that he had coached his countryâ€™s national team to the world cup and that he has the requisite experience and technical know how to be able to take us,â€ he said.
On the ad-hoc nature of the contract, he said:
â€œI donâ€™t know the reason why they decided to engage him on an ad-hoc basis since I do not interfere in the day to day activities of the NFA and the National Sports Commission, but they must have a good reason for the short term contract.â€
Asked to comment on the reported N40 million monthly salary to be earned by Lagerbars, he said:
â€œMonthly? It cant be?,â€ but he concluded that the Presidential Task Force may have approved of it.
â€œI am hearing it for the first time. I believe that the presidential task force volunteered to pay. Before you engage somebody they should be able to pay.â€