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I Can’t Deliver On Empty Stomach, Amuneke Tells NFF


Golden Eaglets coach Emmanuel Amuneke is not comfortable with the divide and rule tactics adopted by the Nigeria Football federation in paying salaries of coaches attached to Nigeria national teams. He is worried that after several months of non payment of his emoluments, the NFF paid newly employed Super Eagles head coach, Sunday Oliseh his salaries upfront, leaving him in hunger and deprivation. “The people that paid Oliseh decided to pay Oliseh,” Amuneke said in reference to Oliseh receiving three months’ salary upfront.

“But one thing they have to know is that there are other national team coaches working also that have not been paid. “So if they owe other coaches and they pay Oliseh, I think it is not fair,” Amuneke said-. Amuneke, who is believed to be on a N1m monthly salary, claims he hasn’t been paid for several months, while questioning why the NFF have chosen to pay   Oliseh, who earns N5m monthly, three months ahead without paying other national team coaches.

Speaking further, the former Barcelona winger said nobody should expect anything from him as he prepares the Nigeria U17 team for the FIFA U17 World Cup, since he is yet to be paid his salaries. “Well nobody should expect anything from me since they haven’t paid me,” he added. Amuneke was teammates with Oliseh for Nigeria in the ‘90’s.

-Chimaobi Uchendu

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