The intention of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to employ a foreign coach for the Super Eagles has been stalled by the Minister of Youth and Sports as he insisted that the NFF must submit to him the plan for the payment of the coach’s salary. Dalung also stated that the NFF and the technical committee should also meet to know the feasibility of the idea.
He said “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 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 honorable minister in four weeks.”
Dalung also identified fighting amongst the board members and late release of funds as the major factors that caused the Super Eagles’ failure to secure a place in the AFCON Championship scheduled to take place in Gabon.
He further revealed that the decision of the last Congress of the NFF which 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.