NFF Denies Rift With Super Eagles Head Coach

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The General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mohammed Sanusi, has decried the speculations and outright falsehoods about the relationship between NFF and Head Coach of the Super Eagles, José Santos Peseiro.

There has been considerable media frenzy over the past few days regarding Peseiro and the NFF, with a section of the media speculating that the football–governing body had gone ahead to empanel an interim coaching crew to do the job of the Super Eagles head coach, in the event of a breakdown in relationship.

“Most of these speculations and innuendoes are simply ridiculous, because we have no problem whatsoever with Mr. Peseiro,” Sanusi said. “He is doing his job as Head Coach of the Super Eagles.”

“And, contrary to some of the more fictitious claims, he has not reported the NFF to FIFA with regards to his wages. I want to appeal to the media to make efforts to get their facts right before going to press.”

The General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mohammed Sanusi.

“There is no need to speculate and engage in half-truths and outright falsehood in these matters. Some of these speculations and innuendoes create disharmony and disenchantment in key quarters,” Sanusi added.

“The NFF and the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development are working on Mr. Peseiro’s wages and these will be settled shortly.”

Sanusi stated that Peseiro has been doing his work without entertaining any distractions, and has even compiled his list of players for the upcoming international friendly game with Portugal in Lisbon, on 17th November.

“We have a friendly match against Portugal coming up in Lisbon on Thursday, 17th November.  Sanusi said.

“Mr. Peseiro has compiled a provisional list and is only waiting for this weekend’s matches to submit his list of 23 players. We have a cordial relationship with the Head Coach. He is doing his job and focused on his objectives.”

“The media should desist from reports and speculations that are aimed at causing discontentment and disenchantment among the Ministry of Sports, NFF and Mr. Peseiro, as all parties are working in harmony.”


Chidi Nwoke/NFF.