No agreement with NNPC on $1.5m bond—NFF

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has denied media reports that it has reached an agreement with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to foot the bill of the incoming Super Eagles coach.

Reports emanated a few days ago the NFF had secured a $1.5 million bond to take care of the salaries and allowances of whoever gets the nod as the next coach of the team.

Honourable Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, who is the Chairman of the NFF’s Media and Publicity Committee however, refuted the report saying no deal has been agreed on with any corporate organisation.

“The story is the figment of the imagination of the writers. Nobody in the NFF or NNPC discussed the matter of salary of the Eagles’ coach and there is no iota of truth in it.

“Of course, we would be happy if the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation can come into Nigeria football, as we are trying to attract more corporate bodies into the game.

“But there has been no discussion between NFF and the NNPC over payment of the new Super Eagles’ head coach or technical crew,” Suleiman stated.

The NFF has shortlisted three candidates-Salisu Yusuf, Belgian Tom Saintfiet and Frenchman Paul Le Guen for the Super Eagles’ job

The technical and development committee of the NFF is expected to interview the trio on Monday, July 18 with the successful applicant presented to the NFF executive committee for ratification.