A board member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Nse Essien on Monday, said the board was not happy with the impact of the Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro on the team.
However, Essien disclosed federation would not be able to pay Peseiro his compensatory fees if he were to be relieved of his job.
The Portuguese coach has been under pressure of late after his side played out consecutive draws against Lesotho on Thursday and Zimbabwe in their Group C, World Cup qualifiers a few days later.
Many Nigerian football fans have called for Peseiro to be relieved of his job.
Speaking with newsmen
said after the draw against Zimbabwe, Essien detailed that he wasn’t oblivious to the calls for Peseiro’s sack but the NFF were limited by monetary constraints
“If you check the internet almost everyone is asking for the sack of the head coach. It is unfortunate that out of six points, we have just two and we have found ourselves in a precarious situation.
“When you say NFF should sack the Head coach we didn’t employ him, this regime didn’t employ him when you come to look at it it was the Sports Ministry that employed him.”
Essien revealed that Peseiro had not been paid his salary which was a renegotiated pay to $50,000 contract from $70,000 in September, when the 63-year-old had his stay on the job extended, adding that they have no other choice than to respect his contract.
“Up till now, we were supposed to have paid their salaries, up till now they have not paid a dime.
“Who pays for compensation that is the situation we find ourselves in not a dime has been paid to this coach who earns about $70,000 every month.
“We have to respect Jose Peseiro’s contract. If we had the money to give to him (pay him off) we are going to relieve him. We are not happy.”
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