By FRED EDOREH
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed it has fully paid up the salary of the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, till the end of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup, and has charged its secretariat to conclude all logistical arrangements for the comfort of the national team at the Mundial.
The disclosures was made in a communique of the NFF Executive Committee meeting held Tuesday at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, which revealed that the football governing body has also paid up salaries of other coaches under its employ and has approved the support of three of its football leagues with proceeds from its marketing efforts to enhance their growth.
The committee said the NFF was able to meet the financial obligation to its coaches through the part payment of sponsorship fees made by its Official Optimum Partner and title sponsor of the FA Cup, Aiteo, Nigeria’s leading indigenous oil production company.
“Committee heaped encomiums on premium partner AITEO, for paying part of its rights fee as Official Optimum Partner of the NFF for the year 2018, which has enabled the Federation to pay all the coaches in its employ, with coaches of the Senior Men National Team, Super Eagles, now fully paid till the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.”
“Executive Committee directed the Secretariat to work at a fast pace and diligently too, to finalize within the next few days all travel and other logistics, as well as accommodation arrangements in Russia, for the Nigerian Contingent to the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals,” the communique said.
Commending its Marketing, Sponsorship and TV Rights Committee chaired by LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko, for its astute marketing drive which has generated substantial long term sponsorship for the NFF, the committee resolved to channel part of the funds towards the development of the Nigeria National League (NNL), the Nationwide League (NLO) and the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL).
“The Board approved that from the sponsorship funds that have accrued to the Federation over the past few months, a lump sum be granted to the Nigeria National League (NNL), Nigeria Nation-Wide League One (NLO) and the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) as support fund. A decision was also taken to support the three Leagues with a minimum of N200 million (to be shared based on an agreed ratio) annually until they attain financial stability. This commitment is to be reviewed each year to determine which League needs more support. However, Committee made it clear that this should not stop the three Leagues from making great efforts to procure sponsors and become self -financing.”
While thanking its various sponsors for their confidence and commitment to the progress of Nigerian football the NFF expressed particular gratitude to the Akwa Ibom State Government and Governor Udom Emmanuel for the moral and financial support for the Super Eagles through the World Cup qualification campaign and ahead of the team’s send off friendly with the Simba of Congo DR scheduled for May 28 in Nigeria.
The Super Eagles have three more friendlies, against Congo DR in Nigeria, England at the Wembly Stadium and against Czech Republic before their final departure to Russia for the World Cup proper.