Le Guen Saga: NFF Technical Committee Should Resign – Abba Yola


Following the many sided stories surrounding the hiring of Frenchman, Paul Le Guen as Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles, a former director with the defunct National Sports Commission and Ciroman Yola, Mallam Abba Yola, has called on the resignation of the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation.

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Calling the whole saga ‘a huge embarrassment’ to the entire country, the enraged Yola 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.

Yola quired furiously;

“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 also wondered why the hiring of a Technical Adviser should be done via a ‘Social Media Application’.

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

Yola said “at a loss” on the whole situation, “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.”

The Technical and Development Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation had on Monday announced Frenchman Paul Le Guen, as the new head coach of the Super Eagles with the appointments subject to agreement of contract terms with the NFF Executive Committee.

But French journalist, Herve Penot, took to  his twitter handle on Tuesday to state categorically the his fellow country man never agreed to take the job therefore refused to accept the offer.

Following the development, the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick  addressed the issue saying the NFF never offered Le Guen the job but that he was only a recommendation of the Technical and Development Committee subject to agreement of the NFF Executive Committee.

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Pinnick also said  that the French tactician wanted to be shuttling France and Nigeria but that he had insisted that they wanted a coach that will reside in Nigeria and acculturate with Nigerian football and meet set targets.