The sports minister mentioned that in view of the current economic challenges faced by the country, it is therefore not prudent to spend an enormous amount on a foreign coach.
This is following reports that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is currently planning to employ Paul Le Guen, who is expected to earn the sum of N16.2m (€44,000) per month.
Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Youths & Sports, however kicked against this idea, the Daily Post reports.
He stated that the economic recession being faced in the country is a good reason not to pursue the NFF’s interest in employing Le Guen.
The minister pointed out that local coaches are still being owed. Some of whom have passed away.
He also maintained that though the NFF has the independent right to decide who needs to be hired, the Federal Ministry of Youths & Sports, also has an obligation to guide them in making right choices.
“The selection of coaches usually is handled by our technical team; we are a supervising ministry so we have little to do with the process but we have a role in guiding what is best for Nigeria,”
“I have always maintained that we even cannot pay indigenous coaches; we still owe them some months of salaries and some of them have even died without those salaries.
“Do we still go and look for a foreign coach and will he (the foreign coach) be able to tolerate us without salaries for some time; more so that we may also be paying him in hard currency.
“So it’s a fundamental contradiction to swallow easily.”
Dalung expressed these concerns in a recent meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.