When the senior national team of Nigeria take on Algeria in an international friendly game on the 23rd and 27th of September respectively they will be without the services of some of their coaches.
According to a report by Punch, head coach of the Nigerian team Jose Peseiro agreed to be coach of the Nigerian team on a one year deal which has the option of getting extended if he meets certain laid down goals as stated in the contract.
It is reportedly worth $70,000 (N30m) a month, he will cater for his foreign assistants, who are three in number from his pay. He was also given three Nigerian assistants who will be taken care of by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Former Nigeria international Finidi George was appointed as his first assistant while Salisu Yusuf and Usman Abdallah where made second and third assistants respectively with Ike Shorunmu getting the post of goalkeepers trainer.
While Peseiro has a signed contract, the Nigerian assistants appointed by the NFF don’t have any of such with the football body and it led to two of the coaches boycotting the games against Algeria. Only the duo of Yusuf and Abdallah agreed to go on the trip.
Shorunmu and Finidi are insisting that for them to continue working with the team they must have their contract papers signed. The media officer of the team however played down the report but Shorunmu when contacted said he can’t speak on his contract because it’s personal.