NFF president Alhaji Aminu Maigari confirmed the unfortunate situation, but revealed the dire financial position the federation finds itself in means there is little they can do to address the lack of payments.
“It is true that Keshi has not been paid for the past seven months but the hands of the federation are tied over this matter,” he told SuperSport.
“It’s not as if we are hoarding this money and have refused to pay him. The NFF is in dire straits as far as financial resources are concerned. We have even had to slash the winning bonus of players of the Super Eagles from $10,000 USD to $5,000. USD as a result.”
Despite not earning a salary for the majority of the year, Keshi is by no means struggling to get by as Maigari explains: “There are several steps taken by the NFF in this regard to make Keshi’s life easier.
“The rent of the hotel Abuja he lives in is paid by the NFF. His feeding is taken care of by the NFF as well. He has an official car provided by the NFF and we ensure that any expense he needs to meet as he carries out his official duties are met by the NFF.”
Maigari also revealed those affected are not limited to the national team’s coach and his assistants, with a number of NFF officials subjected to the same constraints.
“Let me also use this medium to inform Nigerians that other staff of the NFF have also not been paid for over a year but they have continued working without complaints because they know the constraints we are facing,” he added.
“General Secretary (Barrister Musa Ahmadu) and Director of competitions (Mohammed Sanusi), Director technical (Emmanuel Ikpeme) and Director of finance (NFF) are just two of the staff affected. There are many others too.”