Amaju Pinnick has disclosed that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is doing everything possible to pay Super Eagles and their coaches.
Pinnick revealed that the football house is currently struggling to meet its financial obligations, no thanks to the current pandemic which has affected principal sponsors Aiteo.
Reports claimed the players are yet to receive bonuses for the just concluded African Cup of Nations qualifiers, while the Gernot Rohr-led technical crew are also owed seven-month salaries.
In an interview, with Arise TV, the head of the Nigerian football body has now reiterated his commitment to clearing the bonuses and allowances of the national team players and coaches.
“We are not proud to say we are owing, but there are some circumstances in few years that made us not to meet our obligations, but thankfully the players understand that we are always there for them since we came on.
“We gave them all the luxury, especially when they are traveling for games. They travel with chatter flights and I can tell you that any country they go to they stay in the best hotel.”
“In Austria for example, all our key players are there, the ones who are not there called me, I spoke with Chukwueze two days before his surgery and regretted not being with the team.”
“We didn’t say we aren’t going to pay, but what is happening now is what we never dreamt of, when I became the NFF president, the dream was to make the Federation independent, because the government has a lot of challenges and fair play to government, they have done the right thing, because we need to be safe and secured before we can play football.”
“The salaries of the coaches are supposed to be paid by our major sponsor ( Aiteo), but they have challenges, due to the pandemic and others.”
The FIFA executive member also accused the media of giving the Federation a bad image, which made it more difficult for them to get funds from their sponsors.
“When we came on board, we paid coaches from 2007 till date and another thing is that, they created a problem for us. They created this toxicity and the artificial problems, just to make us look bad.”