Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, has charged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to pay the U-23 national team’s Coach, Samson Siasia, all his emoluments. Siasia and his wife, Eunice, paid Dalung a visit yesterday in his office in Abuja to thank the minister for his support to the national U-23 team from Atlanta to Rio, where they won a bronze medal in the football event of the Olympics.
At the visit, Siasia officially informed Dalung that his contract with the NFF has ended. Speaking at the event, Dalung directed the NFF Secretary-General, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, who was also present to ensure that Siasia got the arrears of his five-month’s 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 owe 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 said. Responding, Dr. Sanusi said efforts were already being made to pay the coaches their salaries.
“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,” Sanusi assured.