After days of leaving Nigerians in oblivion as to why the Super Eagles players and staff are been owed their salaries, NFF president Amaju has revealed the reason.
In an interview on ARISE TV, Pinnick said the Federation is doing thier best to pay Super Eagles players and their coaches.
The aforementioned FIFA executive member, said that the Federation is presently facing difficulties to meet its financial obligations, no thanks to the current pandemic which has affected principal sponsors Aiteo.
According to reports gathered the players are yet to receive bonuses for the just concluded AFCON qualifiers, alongside the technical cre headed by Gernot Rohr.
In the interview Pinnick reiterated that he is working hard and committed to clearing the match bonuses.
“We are not proud to say we are owing, but there are some circumstances in few years that made us not to meet our obligations, but thankfully the players understand that we are always there for them since we came on.
“We gave them all the luxury, especially when they are traveling for games. They travel with chatter flights and I can tell you that any country they go to they stay in the best hotel.”
“In Austria for example, all our key players are there, the ones who are not there called me, I spoke with Chukwueze two days before his surgery and regretted not being with the team.”
“We didn’t say we aren’t going to pay, but what is happening now is what we never dreamt of, when I became the NFF president, the dream was to make the Federation independent, because the government has a lot of challenges and fair play to government, they have done the right thing, because we need to be safe and secured before we can play football.”
“The salaries of the coaches are supposed to be paid by our major sponsor ( Aiteo), but they have challenges, due to the pandemic and others.”
Amaju Pinnick also expressed his displeasure to the way the media has painted the whole scenario, which made it very difficult for them to get funds.
“When we came on board, we paid coaches from 2007 till date and another thing is that, they created a problem for us. They created this toxicity and the artificial problems, just to make us look bad.”