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NFF Killing Nigerian Coaches – Baraje

Posted: Jun 14, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuike Chukwu

LAGOS – Zachary Baraje, coach of Plateau United of Jos, has accused the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) of being responsible for the sudden death of national team’s coaches.
He alleged that NFF’s insensitivity has largely contributed to coaches’ death, pointing out that the deaths of Stephen Keshi and Amodu Shuaibu were pointer to the allegation.
Speaking exclusively to Independent on Monday, he said trhat it was unfortunate that the football house did not know how to treat coaches.
“Seriously, they are contributing to the death of coaches; how can you owe somebody for upward of two to three months even with the person’s huge responsibilities?
“That is callous and paying the coaches and respecting their contractual agreements would have reduced the rates of the deaths,” he said.
Speaking further, the coach said late Amodu has been suffering from a number of ailments, revealing that the former Orlando Pirates of South Africa coach has been diabetic for sometime now.
“Amodu has been diabetic and he has also been suffering from other ailments. He was my good friend and was even my best man when I wedded, so I know so much about him.
“What people may not know is that Amodu was very much careful about his health and he regularly underwent mediacl checkup. To me his death was destined; his time has reached,” Baraje said.
He, however, cautioned coaches not to depend on their clubs or government for regular medical checkup, saying it was incumbent on coaches to check themselves.
“I was just coming out from medical check; coaches should not wait for their clubs before going for medical checkup. Yes, the condition we work here may not be very good, but we should be helping ourselves and should not wait on the government,” he said.
Meanwhile, the NFF has denied reports that it owes Amodu seven months salaries.
Instead, the body admitted to owing himtwo months, promising to pay up soon.
“NFF Gen. Sec, Mohammed Sanusi confirmed that the Federation owes Amodu salaries for two (2) months,” the NFF tweeted on Monday morning to clarify the situation.
“Sanusi: Every member of NFF Management is being owed salaries for two (2) months. The NFF will pay all monies due late Amodu to his family.”