… Super Eagles yet to receive 19 months bonuses, allowances
Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has been paid two months salaries from the outstanding five months owed him by his employers, Nigeria Football Federation according to Punch.
It will be recalled salaries and allowances of national coaches were slashed, Rohr was owed five months salary, with goalkeeper coach Alloy Agu owed 22-months unpaid wages while the Super Eagles are yet to receive their bonuses and allowances for 19 months.
Eagles goalkeepers’ trainer Alloy Agu, who was hitherto owed 22 months wages, was also paid nine months, Pinnick added.
Pinnick stated on BBC on Friday that the federation was making moves to pay technical crew members who were owed.
Pinnick faulted COVID-19 for its negative impact on businesses, including the NFF premium sponsors Aiteo Group, however, he disclosed his administration’s commitment to paying off the debts as soon as possible.
“With the pandemic and challenges facing oil companies, things have been tough for our sponsors Aiteo, who are responsible for the payment of coaches,” Pinnick told BBC Sport.
“But we’ve moved to pay Alloy [Agu] nine months of his wages from what we have left and coach Gernot Rohr too will be sorted. We don’t want to owe and that is the mentality with which I came into the NFF.
“There are circumstances beyond our control. It is not a good thing to owe and we don’t like the image it creates. We are looking at every means not to owe. The toxic atmosphere has really affected our sponsorship drive but we can’t give excuses.”
“We are working religiously and assiduously to resolve this as soon as possible. “It’s a kind of government responsibility to pay the players and the [Nigerian] president is very keen on helping to sort it.
“I was in Abuja and I found out it’s only a matter of the modalities delaying paying the allowances and bonuses, any moment from now it will be sorted out,” he said then.
However, Pinnick on Saturday said that the federation had made the payments as promised.
“We paid Rohr two months salaries on Friday, we also paid Alloy nine months. Last December, we paid (Joseph) Yobo three months wages,” Pinnick said.
“Nobody wants to owe. Things weren’t like this before, because our premium sponsors Aiteo paid the bills and on time, but they too are feeling the financial strains of the pandemic.
“As for the players’ allowances, the government takes care of that. The sports minister has been very helpful and supportive in this regard. But there are a lot of very important issues in the country at the moment, I’m talking about health, security and so on. It’s not been easy for the government too. So, the players’ allowances will also be sorted out.”