Nigeria’s Minister for Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung begs NFF to pay Siasia.
The Minister yesterday called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to pay the U-23 National team’s Coach Samson Siasia.
Barrister Solomon Dalung gave the charge when Siasia paid him a visit yesterday in his office in Abuja.
Siasia who led the Dream Team VI to win Bronze at the just concluded Olympic Games in Rio visited the Sports Minister with his wife Eunice.
The visit was to officially notify Barrister Dalung of the termination of his contract with the NFF.
Dalung Begs NFF To Pay Siasia His Salaries
Dalung thereby directed the NFF Secretary-General, Dr Mohammed Sanusi who was also present at the visit to ensure that Siasia gets the arrears of his five month’s salaries.
The Sports Minister said:
“Please pay him his five months’ salaries. They said he has resigned but he just said that his contract expired after the Olympics.
“His contract expired but you are owing him 5 months’ salaries and you have gone to employ a foreign coach and will pay him in dollars.
“It means you don’t like yourselves and nobody will sympathize with you.
“Please spare me the stress of talking about this salary issue or going to war with you on it.
“Please pay him and other coaches their outstanding salaries.”
Responding, the NFF Secretary-General, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi disclosed that efforts were already being made to pay the coaches their salaries.
According to Dr. Sanusi:
“We have held meetings and we are waiting for the money to drop.
“The money is already there in our account but we need to regularize the TSA procedures before we can claim the money.
“We are almost through with the process. Once that is concluded, we will pay them.”
Prior to Siasia’s reported resignation, reports in the media had alleged that Siasia had refused to engage in a war of words with the Sports Minister.