Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung has urged the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to ensure payment of outstanding salaries of Coaches being owed, and of any outstanding bonuses and allowances due to any group of the National Teams, before the Christmas celebrations.
Dalung made the directive at the 71st Annual General Assembly of the Nigeria Football Federation, which took place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja yesterday.
The minister commended the efforts of the Amaju Pinnick –led NFF to take Nigeria football to new heights, and charged the Board to continue to administer football with justice and fairness.
“The crises in Nigeria football have all been erased by the recent successes, and I therefore earnestly urge you all to work in unity and for the good of Nigeria football and the Nigeria nation.
“I have been wanting to ask this question for a very long time: Why do we have crises in Nigeria football? There is no institution or movement that does not experience crises here and again. But crises should never be perpetual. The successes we are experiencing have erased these crises.”
Nigeria recently won the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the fifth time, in Chile, while the U-23 National Team won the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal. The U-23 Team has also qualified for the 2016 Olympics, just as the Super Eagles B has qualified for next year’s African Nations Championships and the Falconets have qualified for the 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup. The Super Eagles have progressed into the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup African series, and the NFF has completed a round of elite, overseas capacity –enhancing programs for referees, coaches and administrators.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Youth and Sports, Distinguished Senator Obinna Ogba lauded the commitment and focus of the Amaju Pinnick administration, while applauding the recent triumphs of the U-17 and U-23 National Teams in major championships.


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