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NFF Can't Sustain Payment Of Foreign Coach Salaries - Akpoborie


/ by Augustine Akhilomen

It is amazing to imagine that the Nigeria Football Federation would be conducting an interview with Paul Le Guen who is almost certain to be named the new Super Eagles coach via Skype today for the first time in the history of Nigerian Football, according to former Super Eagles striker, Jonathan Akpoborie.

The decision to use the electronic format was due to the Glass House declaration that they don't have that financial strength to take care of certain responsibilities such as traveling and accommodation of Le Guen, who many see as the clear favourite to become Super Eagles manager if he's in the country.

Despite reports that a multinational company would foot for the bills of the incoming foreign manager, it is yet to be seen if they would be able to sustain it throughout their years of agreement.

It is expected that Le Guen would receive a three years contract in the region of $45,000 per month in his quest to qualify Nigeria for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

However, former Wolfsburg and Super Eagles striker, Akpoborie told that the Nigeria Football Federation could be biting more than they could chew in respect to the payment of salaries of the foreign coach.

"I am not really bothered with the hiring of a foreign coach for the Super Eagles that will help qualify the team for the 2018 World Cup. However, I am more worried with the fact that the Nigeria Football Federation could be biting more than they can chew by depending so much on the multinational company that will pay the bills of the expatriate," Akpoborie told

"The question is, can they (NFF) and multinational company sustain the payment of the foreign coach with the stipulated period of his contract? In fact, it will be ideal for the NFF to carefully look into this matter before making a final decision because it will be too bad if tomorrow the yet to be named company pulls out of the deal." he said.

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