By Jude Opara

Abuja – The intention of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to hire a foreign coach for the Super Eagles suffered a set back yesterday as the Minister of Youth and Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung insisted that the NFF must submit to him within one month the roadmap for the payment of the coach’s salary.

Dalung and Amaju Pinnick

Briefing      journalists after a meeting with the board members of the NFF and members of the technical committee of the federation, Dalung also stated that the NFF and the technical committee should also meet to know the viability or otherwise of the idea.

According to him, there is no way the NFF will go ahead to engage a foreign coach without first looking at the technical report of what actually led to the failure of the national team in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier.

“The technical team of the NFF must be prepared to discharge its responsibilities. They must go back and maintain a strong cohesion in fashioning the way forward. Internal wrangling and lack of cohesion were some of the reasons why we failed to qualify.

“The issue of foreign coach was debated extensively but it was still referred to the technical committee alongside the NFF to show cause why we have to hire a foreign coach, if it is viable or not and where we will get the funds to pay him. They are expected to submit that report to the honourable minister in four weeks.”

Dalung also identified in-fighting among the board members and late release of funds as some of the other factors that made the Super Eagles to again fail to book a place for the AFCON championship scheduled to take place in Gabon.

The minister further revealed that the obnoxious decision of the last Congress of the NFF which had excluded non state FA chairmen from participating in the elections into the NFF board may not hold water as the board said it had taken a second look at it and will redress it before the next congress in September.



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