NFF Reveals Challenges in Sacking Super Eagles' Head Coach
Nse Essien, a board member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), disclosed the challenges the NFF faces in parting ways with Super Eagles' head coach, Jose Peseiro. Following a lackluster performance in a 2026 World Cup qualifier, where the team secured only two points from two draws against Zimbabwe and Lesotho, fans have been calling for Peseiro's dismissal.
Essien clarified that the decision to retain Peseiro is not due to satisfaction with the team's recent performances but rather financial constraints. He revealed that the Sports Ministry, responsible for the coaches' salaries, has yet to make any payments.
“The Sports Ministry who employed him were supposed to pay for their salaries. But up till now, nothing has been paid. If we sack the coaches now, who will pay compensation? Not a dime has been paid yet to this coach who earns about $70,000 a month. We have to respect Jose Peseiro’s contract. If we had the money to give to him (pay him off) we are going to relieve him. We are not happy,” Essien explained.
The statement highlights the delicate balance the NFF must navigate between the team's performance expectations and the financial obligations associated with terminating the coach's contract. Essien's words shed light on the complexities faced by football federations, where financial considerations often influence critical decisions regarding coaching staff. As the Super Eagles aim to secure their spot in the 2026 World Cup, the off-field challenges pose a significant hurdle for the NFF.
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