•NFF tells Siasia
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have swung to crack down on bribery and corruption in the Super Eagles by putting in black and white that new Nigeria coach, Samson Siasia, will not only be fired, but will be liable to pay out a whooping three million US dollars (over 450 million naira) should it be established he has taken a bribe in the discharge of his duty.
Speculations over national team coaches taking bribes to pick players have been rife over the years and as such the NFF are now taking stern measures to curb any such malpractices.
There is a clause in his contract which stipulates that Siasia will have to shell out big time should it be proven that he has received gratification in the course of doing his job as national team coach.
That would also explain why Siasia will sign a code of ethics. AWe do not wish to brush aside growing speculations on the bribery and corruption that goes on in the national teams and that is why this tough stance,@ a top NFF official disclosed to MTNFootball.com.
In the same token, a contract breach on the part of the NFF, which would be mainly the non payment of Siasia=s salaries, allowances and benefits as contained in his contract as Nigeria coach, would also attract the same $3 million payout.
Siasia will earn five million naira (over $30,000) in the first two years of his contract. This will be reviewed upwards to six million naira ($40,000) upon the deal being renewed for another two years.
He is also entitled to free, furnished accommodation in Abuja, a car, a driver as well as bonuses and allowances twice what the players will receive.
In the case of Siasia’s assistant, Simon Kalika, the payout stipulated following a breach of contract by either party will be $2 million.
The contract forbids Siasia combining his Super Eagles job with that of Heartland FC.
This therefore finally puts to rest the raging debate whether or not Siasia could combine both jobs.
However, officials said that a monetary compensation for the Owerri club following Siasia=s unplanned exit has yet to be addressed by the NFF.
It is already believed that Siasia has recommended former Bayelsa United coach Monday Odigie to take over at Heartland.
Siasia has signed an initial six month contract with Heartland, which runs out next month.