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Why NFF May Not Offer Valid Contracts Now To Finidi, Shorunmu

Why NFF May Not Offer Valid Contracts Now To Finidi, Shorunmu

Indications have emerged on why the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) may not regularise the contracts of Super Eagles assistant coach­ing duo of Finidi George and Ike Shorunmu so soon.

Finidi George, the coach of Enyimba International of Aba, was engaged as the first assistant to Coach Jose Paseiro while Shorunmu was called to be the goalkeeper trainer of the former African cham­pions.

Recall that travelling to Al­geria for their friendly match with the Desert Foxes of Alge­ria, which comes up on Tues­day, George and Shorunmu initially decided to stay back, reportedly citing the failure of the NFF to sign valid contract with them as the reason, even as the latter eventually teamed up with the squad.

While Jose Paseiro, the chief coach of the Super Ea­gles, earns a whopping $70,000 a month, the duo of George and Shorunmu, barely joining the team after the new bench was constituted, do not know how much they earn, going into five months to their en­gagement.

Meanwhile, DAILY INDE­PENDENT sought the position of the Glass House on why the two former players of the national team were yet to have their deals with the NFF reg­ularised and a source at the football house revealed that signing a valid contract for the duo might not be an issue now with the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF Board.

The source, one of the top managers in the country, who is privy to the goings-on in the NFF and close to the powers-that-be at the helm of football affairs in the country, revealed to our correspondent that the present board of the NFF might not regularise the con­tract of the two managers.

The source said the pres­ent board of the NFF decided to leave issues of contract for the indigenous coaches to the incoming board whenever the delayed election into the board of the NFF would have come and gone.

“They said the two coach­es did not travel to Algeria; I understand their position but surely their contract will still not be signed, at least for now.

“Their contract is left for the incoming board as there is nothing the present board will do for now.

“This is because I was told the whole issue regarding their contract has been left pending when a new board will be constituted.

“The mistake they made was to even accept to work without contact papers signed but for now, they won’t get it until a new board comes on board,” the coach noted.