NFF Denies Any Agreement With NNPC On Eagles’ Coach Salary


The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday denied reaching any agreement with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to sponsor the salary of the incoming Super Eagles’ Head Coach.

According to NFF’s Assistant Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire,in a statement the report of the agreement as reported by some media is untrue and should be disregarded.

Also See: FIFA To Support NFF With N212m Annually

Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee was also quoted to have said that;

“The story is the figment of the imagination of the writers; nobody in the NFF or NNPC discussed the matter of salary of Eagles’ Coach and there is no iota of truth in it.

“Of course, we will be happy if the NNPC comes into Nigeria football as we are trying to attract more corporate bodies to the game.

“There has been no discussion between the NFF and NNPC over payment of the new Super Eagles’ Head Coach or technical crew.’’ 

fifa to support nff with N212 million annually
NFF President with FIFA president

The statement also noted that the process for the appointment of a new Super Eagles’ Head Coach was on with the NFF Technical and Development Committee having shortlisted some coaches for final interview.

The coaches are Nigerian Salisu Yusuf, Belgian Tom Saintfiet and Frenchman Paul Le Guen.

It also said that the committee would interview the coaches on July 18, while announcement of the successful candidate would be made after a presentation to the NFF Executive Committee.

Meanwhile, the world’s football governing body,FIFA, will now give the NFF and other associations the sum of $750,000 (N212 million) annually for football projects such as competitions, pitches, and women’s football development.

Also See: Foreign Coach Will Be Paid From NNPC’s $1.5 Million Bond-NFF

This much needed cash will help the Nigeria Football Federation with sports development in the country, as every association will also receive $500,000 per year for running costs in areas such as administration and governance.

Football confederations such as CAF, UEFA etc will now also receive $40 million per four year cycle . However, the implementation of this monetary programme will commence from June 1, 2017.