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No Rift Between NFF, Peseiro –Sanusi Clears Air

No Rift Between NFF, Peseiro –Sanusi Clears Air

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has debunked reports circulating in the social media that they are not in good relationship with Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro.

It was rumoured that the NFF has hired an interim coach that will oversee the duty of the Portuguese tactician due to poor communication.

However, in a statement issued on Friday, by the NFF General Secretary Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, described such reports as mere speculations, innuendos and outright falsehoods.

Sanusi stated that Peseiro has been doing his work without entertaining any distractions, and has even compiled his list of players for the upcoming international friendly game with Portugal in Lisbon on 17th November.

“Most of these speculations and innuendoes are simply ridiculous, because we have no problem whatsoever with Mr. Peseiro. He is doing his job as Head Coach of the Super Eagles and, contrary to some of the more fictitious claims, he has not reported the NFF to FIFA with regards to his wages,” the NFF General Secretary Dr. Mohammed Sanusi said in a statement on Friday.

“I want to appeal to the media to make efforts to get their facts right before going to press. There is no need to speculate and engage in half-truths and outright falsehood in these matters. Some of these speculations and innuendoes create disharmony and disenchantment in key quarters. The NFF and the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development are working on Mr. Peseiro’s wages and these will be settled shortly.”

“We have a friendly match against Portugal coming up in Lisbon on Thursday, 17th November. Mr. Peseiro has compiled a provisional list and is only waiting for this weekend’s matches to submit his list of 23 players.

“We have a cordial relationship with the Head Coach. He is doing his job and focused on his objectives. The media should desist from reports and speculations that are aimed at causing discontentment and disenchantment among the Ministry of Sports, NFF and Mr. Peseiro, as all parties are working in harmony,” he added.

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  • Ako Amadi 2 years ago

    This “No rift” story is for fools and sycophants to believe. Same was said during the Rohr Saga, before he was sacked abd a battery of bush coaches led by Chief Pilot Austin Eguavoen crashed the Super Eagles into the Abuja hills

  • I DEY SHAME 2 years ago


  • pompei 2 years ago

    Come on guys, owing a worker 6 months wages is not a big deal. In fact, you can have an excellent working relationship with your employee while owing months of wages. Hahahahaha!

    • To think he (Peseiro) was not their first choice. Honourable Sunday Dare preferred a Higher Profile Coach with scary credentials and wages almost double that of Peseiro…..

      Bunch of jokers.

      • That Dare man is not a serious fellow. he is a clown. People taking him seriously should blame themselves. I don’t even know what qualifies these people to hold these positions.

      • pompei 2 years ago

        Deo, they are indeed an assemblage of jokers.
        At this rate, Coach Pese will leave, and Nigeria will be on the hook for the wages of 2 ex coaches.
        Then they will start looking to hire another coach, so they can owe him all over again!

  • Ayofe 2 years ago

    For every smoke, theirs an underground fire. Both side will start saying they are in good terms now. Very soon the truth will prevail.

  • Just pay the man. You won’t pay your coaches and you will be traveling all over the world spending money anyhow. Please pay him his salary. This is a very shameful situation. If you don’t care about the Country’s image and reputation, leave the job.
    It never ends and no shame at all.

  • That Dare man is not a serious fellow. he is a clown. People taking him seriously should blame themselves. I don’t even know what qualifies these people to hold these positions.

  • KangA 2 years ago

    The more Dare/NFF try to douse the raging fire the more they appear to be jokers. You have “cordial” relationships with someone you’re owing for six months. Tell that to fools and imbeciles. Don’t ever take other Nigerians to be one of you.

    And you expect this guy to put in his best to beat his own country in a few days. 

    Big shame!

    Big embarrassment!

  • Codex 2 years ago

    Another comical/comedy content from the “new” NFF,so Mr sanusi if you’re owed for six months, you’ll still be happy with work abi? hehehe I dey laugh una.

  • Ako Amadi 2 years ago

    Why hire a worker you cannot pay? I dont know the level of literacy and numeracy at the NFF and the Ministry of Sports It is a simple budgetary calculation that will stop this gangster behaviour of sports agencies in Nigeria

  • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

    Yea…..No rift between Russia and Ukraine too.

    Pathetic people.

    Local coaches, they will not pay. Foreign coaches, they still will not pay. Youth national teams coaches they will not pay, senior national teams coaches they still will not. Bonuses and camp allowances of little children they will not pay, bonuses and allowance of senior internationals they still will not pay. But they will be expecting podium finishes at every time of asking.

    Let Nigeria qualify for a mere U13 tournament they and their shameless sports Minister will pack themselves in first class seats and fly thousands of miles to “support” the team.

    If you don’t have capital, why rush to start a business…?! If you don’t have money, why rushing to hire a coach when you already have a technical Director…..oops….sorry their technical Director is as incompetent as they themselves, so they can’t even sick their necks out for him.

    What a bunch….?!

  • It’s not about rift or no rift, pay him his 6 months salaries please You guys are the worst football federation in the world.

  • Shame on the Ministry of Sports too. You guys are the worst Sports Ministry in the world. It’s only in Nigeria that the Ministry and NFF cannot do the most basic of duties, paying salaries. We have been speaking about replacing Rohr for years, when someone new is finally employed, you don’t pay them for six months. You would have said you are looking for a pro bono coach. Are your own salaries for six months outstanding? Shameless people

  • Papafem 2 years ago

    It still beats my imagination how these people feel when stories like this get to the media. When are we really going get it right. Can’t they just sort this thing out once and for all. It’s telling on our image and they don’t seem to realize this

  • Dr Banks 2 years ago

    There’s something about Nigerian office holders that I don’t understand make you all explain to me. Was there no specific person employed in the NFF as the HR Manager, the Finance / account officer and the Legal personnel. What is the job description of those in charge of these offices?

    If any of these officers are doing their job well, why will such stories like these continue to perpetuate itself repeatedly, after signing the contract with the coach, why is the HR manager not following up with the Ministry of Sports to ensure that funds are released for the prompt and regular payment os the coaches’ salary and bonuses? The Legal adviser should be able to explain the legal implications of defaulting on payments off this coach salary in order to safe NFF of embarrassing situation like this and reduce the cost incurred in case the coach take us to FIFA CAS like in Rohr case.

    And if any of these officers were found negligent in their task, why are they not fired?

    On another note, I saw Pinnick sifted with Gusau the new NFF president during the 3rd place match between Falconets vs Germany, who footed the travelling expenses of Pinnick to India?

  • Dr Banks 2 years ago

    ……Pinnick seated…

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