NFF Restores Allowances For National Teams Crews
…Visits Golden Eagles, Flying Eagles, Falconets
Joel Ajayi Abuja
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Ambassador Chris Giwa has assured cadet national teams of all the necessary support as they prepare for the various championships ahead of them. Allowances of the teams have been restored.
This assurance was given on Wednesday when members of the Board visited the different national teams in their various camps in Abuja.
At the Golden Eaglets camp, Coach Manu Garba and his team who are preparing for the African Under-17 regional qualifiers in Niger Republic were met at the FIFA Goal Project Package B of the Abuja National Stadium.
Speaking a Board member, Mr Effiong Johnson, who spoke on behalf of the board, conveyed the best wishes of the NFF President, Ambassador Chris Giwa to coach Garba and members of the team saying “we are here at the instance of the President who would have loved to be here to see you and the boys”
“Mr President is however unavoidably absent as he had to attend another urgent meeting as we were about to leave, but he sends his greetings” Effiong said.
Effiong who is the Chairman of Chairmen enjoined the team to be focused and continue to work towards success at the qualifiers in Niger Republic.
“President Giwa said you should choose the best players available as no board member will choose or impose any player on you.”
He added, “the issue of funds, your allowances and trainings materials you talked about will be addressed soon, just focus on your training and be rest assured you will have no cause to worry. Your allowances will be paid.
Effiong however requested that Coach Garba submit his needs in writing g alongside the names of the 60 players who will be shortlisted for the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) ahead of the qualifiers.
Earlier, coach Garba had highlighted some of his challenges to include training materials, the need to subject the players to the MRI fast and allowances for the team.
“Once we are done with this MRI, we will move into closed camping with 30 or 35 players who scale the hurdle for the qualifiers coming up from 19th August.”
Coach Garba further stated that “I have no doubt that the players we have will do the country proud at the regional qualifiers in Niger Republic”
“So far we have played nine friendly matches with teams from across the country scoring 65 goals and conceding nine,” Coach Garba concluded.
At the Flying Eagles camp, members of the team were told that they will depart Nigeria on Thursday for the final round qualifiers against Mauritania.
Chairman of chairmen, Effiong Johnson broke the good news to the team as the board members visited the team at the camp at Chida hotel. He also promised that their outstanding allowances of the team will soon be paid.
“So do not worry yourself about what is happening with us, just face your job, as we are doing all we can to make you comfortable in camp. Whether as coaches or players, let us be focus-minded, face the task before us and avoid any distractions” Effiong said.
Captain of the team, Ikouwem Udoh Utin thanked the board members for coming to see them and the good news that they will be leaving for Mauritania Thursday which has brightened the atmosphere in camp.
Coach of the team, Paul Aigbogun also thanked the board for the visit.
At the Falconets camp, the National Under -20 team women team got assurances that all their allowances will be paid before the team departs for the World Cup.
Board member, Effiong Johnson thanked the team for the patience and understanding since their camping started and promised that all the needs will soon be