Reps Urge Better Welfare for Coaches, Players

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Damilola Oyedele in Abuja

The House of Representatives has called on the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to ensure the timely payment of salaries of coaches of the nation’s football teams, and those of players.

It said this following reports that the two former coaches who died recently, Mr. Stephen Keshi and Mr. Amodu Shuaibu, were being owed salaries.

The Reps also held a minute of silence in honour of both men who died last week.

Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (Abia PDP) lamented that both men were not honoured by the country when they were alive.

“Why do we prefer to honour people when they are dead? It is on record that Shuaibu, together with Keshi, were being owed salaries,” she said.

Hon. Phillip Shuaibu (Edo PDP) called on the NFF to hang the ‘No.4’ jersey worn by Keshi when he played for the country as a mark of respect.

The lawmaker harped on the need for rehabilitation of the country’s medical facilities in line with international standards, to avoid unnecessary deaths.

“Keshi had a ticket, he was supposed to travel that day for medical checkup. Unfortunately, he died before he could do that,” Shuaibu said.