After several months of tension, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has announced that a new coach will be ready for the Super Falcons within two weeks.
The Football Federation had stated last week that “paperwork” was the only thing holding up the announcement of a new coach for the women’s team.
However, NFF President Amaju Pinnick confirmed yesterday in an interview with The Guardian that the new coach would be ready in two weeks. “By the grace of God, we will have a new coach for the Super Falcons in two weeks,” Pinnick said yesterday.
Pinnick had stated on several occasions that the federation’s priority was to hire a first-class coach for the Super Falcons to replace Swede Thomas Dennerby, who had left the position during the 2019 Olympic qualifiers. Dennerby pointed to insurmountable differences with the NFF as the reason for his resignation, even though he still had a year left on his contract.
Meanwhile, the NFF president gave reasons why it might be difficult for Nigeria to pay national team players the same salary regardless of gender.
The Brazilian Football Confederation and the English Football Association announced equal pay for male and female players, and some football-mad Nigerians asked the NFF to do the same.
CBF President Rogerio Caboclo had announced on Wednesday that Brazil’s men’s and women’s national teams would receive the same remuneration, while the English Football Association announced on Thursday that senior players would receive the same match quotas as their male colleagues since January.
Pinnick told Tropics NG yesterday that he did not want to get involved in such a matter at the moment. “At the moment, I don’t want to get involved in a debate about equal pay for male and female players. Those who advocate for such payments should know that soccer in Nigeria is different from that in Brazil and England. So don’t count on us. That’s all I have to say.