July 20, 2016

Le Guen’s rejection: Resign now, Abba Yola tells NFF technical committee

Le Guen’s rejection: Resign now, Abba Yola tells NFF technical committee

The volte face by the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation over the hiring of Frenchman, Paul Le Guen as Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles has been described as a huge embarrassment to the entire country which calls for the resignation of the members of the committee.


A former director with the defunct National Sports Commission and Ciroman Yola, Mallam Abba Yola, who was furious yesterday over the handling of the coaching issue, wondered why the NFF would go ahead to announce the appointment of Le Guen as technical adviser when they had not concluded on terms with him.

“If Barrister (Chris) Green doesn’t know the implications of going public on a half done job, how could Paul Bassey come short of short-changing Nigerians on an issue which the entire Nation is interested in. Why the hurry in making the announcement,” he queried.

Not finished yet, Mallam Yola who also wondered why the hiring of a Technical Adviser should be done via a ‘Social Media Application’, added that “The Technical Committee as a clearing house should have made arrangements to invite all the applicants to Nigeria or arrange to meet them at a central location in Europe.”

The former Chairman of Kano Pillars Football Club of Kano said that “Agreed that he (Le Guen) gave conditions, the Technical Committee should have first tabled those conditions before the NFF Board for consideration or otherwise before addressing the press. In trying to claim hiring of a world class coach the Technical Committee has brought out its lack of understanding.”

Stressing that he was “at a loss” on the whole situation, he averred that “I think the Board should be excused on that (volte face) while the entire Technical Committee should be asked to resign honourably or be disbanded without further delay.”