The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are currently on the hunt for a new coach for the senior Women’s National team following the departure of Swede, Thomas Dennerby.
NFF have revealed that they will use the Super Falcons’ prize money from the FIFA Women’s World Cup to pay the salary for a new coach.
The Women’s National team reached the round of 16 at the 2019 France and therefore are entitled to FIFA’s $1million prize money.
An NFF member revealed to The Guardian that ‘part of money ($238,000) had already been deducted by FIFA as its expenses in sorting out the players when they embarked on protest over non-payment of wages at the World Cup venue. According to the NFF official, the balance of $762,000 would be used to pay the salary of the incoming foreign coach.’
“The players are entitled to 30 percent of the money, but their protest at France 2019 cost $238,000. FIFA has already deducted its money, and we are going to use the balance to pay salary of the new foreign coach,” the official stated.
However, the NFF official said availability of the money will be delayed because it has to accessed through the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“It takes too long before we can access the money from CBN. The system is not ready. The money from FIFA will have to “travel” a long journey, from the Citibank in New York to Citibank in London before it gets to the CBN in Nigeria. That is why the NFF is appealing to the sports ministry to open a commercial account for us.
“The money coming from the government can go through the CBN, while those from FIFA and CAF will have to go through the commercial account. That will make it easier for the NFF to access its money and put into use without much delay,” the official stated.