Monday, July 11, 2011

Nigeria Football Federation pays German assistant coach but Owes Head Coach 2 Years Salary

Thomas Obliers

The German assistant coach to the Super Falcons, Thomas Obliers was collecting N9.6million approximately $63,000 while with the women national team.
A competent source revealed to this writer that the 43 years old coach was receiving $16,000 from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) right from April when he officially resumed.

His contract has since been terminated with the exit of the Falcons from the FIFA Women's World Cup.
When he got the national job which was his first major assisgnment, Obliers who is a native of Colonge was the head coach of SC 07 Bad Neuenahr, a first division women side in Germany.

Yet NFF still owes chief coach, Eucharia Uche in two years salary. 'The mother of two who unfortunately is a widow is supposed to be receiving about N300,000 approximately $2000 every month which is what her contract stated but as we speak no payment has come to her,' said the source.

When the NFF technical committee chairman, Barrister Chris Green was contacted for further clarification, he referred us to the acting secretary general,Musa Ahmadu. 'I am traveling at the moment please contact the secretariat,' he said on phone on Friday afternoon.

However, Ahmadu was not forthcoming on the issue. 'Was that what the German told you? He asked. 'Well l cannot comment on the matter,' he responded.
Speculation in the local media had indicated that the arrival of Obliers suggested that Uche would not lead the team to the World Cup.

The NFF through its spokesman Olajire was quick to dispel the rumours. He also insisted that the issue with her two year's worth of unpaid salary would be dealt with.
By Ejiro Femi-Babafemi

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