Siasia
Siasia

EXCEPT there is change in the manner at which the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF administer the country’s soccer affairs, most Nigerian-born coaches currently handling various teams are set to quit while some have already bid farewell to their jobs. Nigerian Pilot Sports gathered that their decision to resign en mass was not unconnected to backlog of salaries owed them coupled with shabby way the federation has over time treated them. As at the time of filling this report, Nigeria U-20 Coaches, the Flying Eagles including Emmanuel Amuneke and his assistants are owed 13 months of salary arrears. “These Coaches have not been paid since July last year. Out of patriotism, they resumed with the team yet nothing was giving to them before their team failed to qualify for 2017 African U-20 championship. “How do they want these coaches to survive, they have families and other needs to take care of,” a well- informed NFF Official told our Correspondent. The non-payment stigma has become the same with the coaches handling the country’s Women teams including U-20 and U-17 sides. In fact, some of the coaches confided with our correspondent that they will either opt for another job with clubs or go into full time business. Flying Eagles coach, Emmanuel Amuneke is already in Spain and disclosed that for now, he has no business with the Nigeria’s U-20 team. The gale of resignation which has hit Nigerian football has began with Dream Team Head Coach Samson Siasia stepping aside after he declared that both NFF and Sports Ministry are insensitive to his plight. Siasia while making his intention known stated that he will have nothing to do with Nigeria at the moment following the treatment meted out to him and the Olympic team in Brazil at the just concluded Olympic Games. According to him; “You can’t keep going to a place where they don’t appreciate you. It does not worth it. Sometimes, it’s not about the money but the approach. They seem not to appreciate the sacrifices. I know how much I have sacrificed since the team began camping two years ago.
“How can you keep going to people who don’t appreciate you? It does not make sense, so I am done for now. I have to go somewhere else where they will appreciate what I have done and what I can do and pay me the respect that I deserve. He said he’s been coming back to do the dirty jobs of NFF because of his fans. “I know and that is why I keep coming to do the dirty jobs for them because of my numerous fans out there but I can’t just continue because those fans are not the policy makers. How can you keep toiling for five months without even your salary?


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