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NFF, sports minister meet to discuss 2017 AFCON failure
« on: April 05, 2016, 03:48:29 PM »

The leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung had a meeting to discuss Super Eagles failure to qualify for the 2017 African Cup of Nations.
The Super Eagles were beaten by Egypt 1-0 on Tuesday, March 29 in a 2017 AFCON qualifiers.
With the loss and Chad withdrawal from the qualifiers, the Super Eagles have been eliminated from the race to reach 2017.
Sports minister who have been very vocal in his criticism of the NFF on Tuesday, April 5 met with Amaju Pinnick and top officials of the NFF to discuss what went wrong with the Super Eagles.
In the closed-door meeting the issue of foreign coach, non payment of salaries and bonuses were also discussed.
Nneka Ikem who is the media assistant of the Sports minister, Dalung gave details of the meeting via Twitter.
According to Ikem, Instability, internal wrangling of the NFF, funding, lack of commitment and distraction were given as reasons for the AFCON ouster.
The NFF have also promised to give a more in-depth technical report on th failed outing of the Super Eagles on the 2017 AFCON qualifiers.
The NFF also submitted a report on the issue of hiring a foreign coach, an idea the Sports Minister has always been against.
Pinnick led NFF were however asked to present a report where he will state why Nigeria actually need a foreign coach.
The NFF are also to state how the foreign coach will be funded in the report. The decision to hire a foreign coach will be decided based on the submission on the technical report.
Dalung in the meeting also asked the NFF to pay all outstanding salaries to coaches and also revealed that the Sports minister cannot fund the payment of coaches.


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