NFF Secures $1.5 million Bond from NNPC

Cash-strapped Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) can now appoint a new foreign coach for the country after it successfully secured a $1.5 million bond from the government-owned oil corporation Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The government has made it clear it will not assist financially the NFF’s quest to hire an expatriate coach for the Super Eagles ahead of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, but could approve such appointment if the federation could guarantee the payment of such a coach.
“The NFF now have a bond of $1.5 million from NNPC and so they can employ a foreign coach,” a top official told yesterday.
“The federation owing coaches their salaries will now be history.”
Frenchman Paul le Guen, Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet and the country’s caretaker coach Salisu Yusuf have been shortlisted for the Super Eagles top post.
The NFF said the successful coach will now be announced on July 18.
The Super Eagles are drawn in a tough World Cup qualifying group that has Africa’s No 1 team Algeria, nine-time World Cup finalists Cameroun and 2012 African champions Zambia.
They begin their qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 on October 3 in Zambia.
Vice Captain of the Super Eagles, Ahmed Musa, who switched to Premiership champions Leicester City has jetted out of England to Austria for the team’s pre-season training camp.
Musa departed England with the team on Sunday 1:30pm Nigerian time with high hopes.
“We are leaving for Austria right now (Sunday) for the pre-season. I am looking forward to a wonderful and great pre-season,” Musa said before boarding the flight.
National teammates of the former CSKA Mosow forward are celebrating his switch to Leicester City at the weekend.
A cross section of Eagles stars believes Musa will excel in the EPL.
Ogenyi Onazi Congratulated the former CSKA Moscow star and tasked him to show them the “Jos spirit”.
“Congratulations to my bro and team mate, run them down in EPL??? #josblood?,” Onazi tweeted.
Kenneth Omeruo also through his Instagram page wrote: “Congrats my bro.. Welcome to the #EPL you will definitely do great #Ahmed Musa.”
Norway-based defender Williams Troost-Ekong was not left out with his congratulatory message too.
“Congrats Ahmed Musa! Can’t wait to see my big bro in the prem
Bright Dike tweeted:”Congrats to my boy Ahmed Musa on joining Leicester City, go kill it in the Prem.”