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Published On: Thu, Jan 15th, 2015

N75m salary debt worries Super Falcons coach ahead of World Cup

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Super Falcons of NigeriaSuper Falcons Head Coach Edwin Okon is still been owned N75 million salary arrears by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

The amount is an accumulation of his 25 months’ salary since he began work as the Head Coach of the Super Falcons over two years ago. Okon took over from Kadiri Ikhan

Okon who was spotted at the Glass House Secretariat on Tuesday confirmed that his visit to the football house is to enable him pursue the payment of his salary arrears for over two years.

According to him, this becomes necessary because he was informed that some of his assistants have been paid.

The Coach however expressed optimism that the debt would be offset soon to enable him concentrate fully on giving Nigeria his best in the FIFA Women World cup holding later in the year in Canada.

A source at the Glasshouse said that the delay in the payment of the Coach’s entitlements may not be unconnected to his not having an existing contract with the NFF

“If I will tell you the bitter truth, most of our Coaches should strive to step up. Many of them take up appointments without contract. I want to tell you that Coach Okon may not have a contract with us, and he does not even know how much he is been owned. I think, he is living on the assumption that, because the person he took over from was paid N3 million, he also would be paid the same.

Then, Ikhana negotiated his money, and it was agreed. But, I doubt, if such was done in Okon’s case. Don’t forget, we were told by the then Technical Committee that he was handling the team on interim basis. So, when it was regularized to a permanent status, he should have demanded for a contract to legalize his appointment. So, what is happening now is that we are working out something for him, and when it is ready, he would be paid.

He has done the job, and surely would be paid” our source who is highly place in the Secretariat said.

Meanwhile, the Coach has announced that the Super Falcons will resume camping in Abuja on 30 January in preparation for the All Africa Games.

The Rivers Angels Technical Adviser said he has already submitted his programs to the Football Federation, while awaiting their approval.

He also revealed that the preparations for the All African Games preliminaries would go alongside that of the World cup.

It would be recalled that the Chairman of the Nigeria Women League Board who also combined as the Chairman of the Women Football Development Committee of the NFF Dilichukwu Onyedinma had earlier confirmed the receipt of the Super Falcons Head Coach’s programs, promising that the NFF would give necessary approvals to this, and ensure that the African champions begin their preparation in earnest.

On his unpaid salaries and allowances, the Rivers Angels gaffer said his trip to the football house was unsuccessful as there seems to be no hope of when he would pay the salaries which is now running into 25 months. He said though.


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