The NFF never ceases to amuse me. Two days ago, moments after receiving an award as the Sports administrator of the year, the NFF president Aminu Maigari defended his organizations debts owed Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi. According to the Vanguard he said:
“Yes we are owing Keshi, so what?” he asked, adding, “but Keshi is not the only employee in the NFF who has not got his salary. We have about 11 national teams and all have coaches. It is only fair that we treat them equally. My management staff have not received their salaries for over a year and nobody is making noise about it.”
He spoke further. “We have to be very careful the way we amplify this Keshi salary issue. If this is unduly amplified we will be downgrading our country,” Maigari said, pointing out that “apart from salary, Keshi doesn’t pay for anything.
“The house he lives in is paid for by NFF, the food he eats is NFF, his movement (transport) is NFF. So what are we talking about?”
I am amused…ok. you give him food, maybe pay his light bills, maybe send money to his wife…but I ask..doesn’t he have a contract. Shouldn’t he be paid? He should be apologetic and sad not flexing muscles. If the NFF were so broke why all the rumours about hiring a foreign coach? Do you think a foreigner would work seven months without pay?
Well one truth he said , which Nigerians should know…Keshi is not the only one owed…in fact Keshi is owed for ‘only’ seven months. Its important for journalists to let all Nigerians know that Manu Garba, the Coach of the record breaking , world conquering U17 Golden Eaglets has not been paid for one year. Yes. So Keshi should just keep quiet. Is he the only one haba? Did you notice that Maigari said HIS management staff have not been paid too? He did not say HE has not been paid.
Just thinking aloud.