NFF begins ‘operation beat Pharaohs’

Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi

Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has disclosed that it has started a process that will see the Super Eagles beating Egypt home and away in their Gabon 2017 African Nations Cup qualifiers, which hold later this month.

Nigeria will host Egypt in Kaduna on March 26 and travel to Cairo to face the Pharaohs three days later.
Speaking on the NFF’s preparations for the double header, the federation’s first Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, said in Lagos yesterday that the Super Eagles’ new technical crew, led by Samson Siaisa, has started a programme that will see Nigeria’s best players from around the world coming down to the country to begin preparations for the game.

He said the federation has put the ‘unsavoury experience’ with Coach Sunday Oliseh behind it, adding that the plan in now to ensure that Nigeria got the six points in the games against Egypt.

He said “the coaches have started working out the programme for the matches against Egypt and just yesterday, they met to compile the names of the players needed for the ties.

Meanwhile, the NFF has denied reports quoting its President, Amaju Pinnick, as saying the federation will no longer appoint local coaches for the Super Eagles.

Akinwunmi, who said Pinnick’s statement was misunderstood, revealed that the federation’s stance is that no unrecognized coach will handle any of the national teams henceforth.

On payment of coaches’ salaries, Akinwunmi explained that the delay was as a result of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) introduced by the Federal Government.

Debunking claims by Super Eagles former Coach, Sunday Oliseh, that he was owed more than four months salary and other emoluments, NFF’s First Vice President disclosed that the federation had an agreement with Zenith Bank with regards to Oliseh’s salaries.

He said, “If you recall, we paid three months salary in advance to Oliseh even before he started work. But the TSA ensures that every money coming into the NFF is first paid into the single account and from there we apply to settle our obligations.



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