Youth and Sports Minister Barrister Solomon Dalung yesterday ordered the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to pay the U-23 national team Coach, Samson Siasia his arrears of salaries.
The coach, who led the Olympic team, Dream Team VI, to win the bronze in the men’s football event at the just-concluded Rio 2016 Olympic, is owed five months’ salary by the NFF.
Dalung, who apparently has an axe to grind with the NFF over issues arising from the Olympic team’s camping ahead of the Rio Games, the scandalous stranding of the team in Atlanta, USA, as well as the $390,000 donation to the bronze-winning team by a Japanese plastic surgeon, Dr Katsuya Takasu; angrily directed the NFF to pay Siasia and other coaches their outstanding salaries.
“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 five 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,” Dalung warned the NFF.
According to a release by the Special Adviser, Media, to the Minister, Nneka Ikem-Anibeze, Siasia had visited with his wife Eunice to thank the Minister for his support to the Dream Team from Atlanta to Rio where they won bronze in the football event of the Rio Olympics and to officially inform him that his contract with the NFF has ended.
The Minister directed the NFF General Secretary Dr Mohammed Sanusi, who was also present to ensure that Siasia gets the arrears of his five month’s salaries.
Sanusi however said that efforts were already being made to pay the coaches their salaries.