N35m salary arrears: We’ll pay, Laloko assures Keshi

Assistant Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Kashimawo Laloko, has assured Super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi, that his outstanding salaries would be paid by the Federation.
In a telephone chat with our correspondent, Laloko, who was recommended for the plum job by the Technical Sub-Committee of the NFF, said the Federation will do everything possible to ensure the payment of the debts.
“You will agree with me presently that we have a lot of challenges especially as we are working round the clocks to ensure that we qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil next year.
“Keshi has done wonderfully well with the team since he took over and we appreciate his efforts and that of his assistants and the onus is now on the Federation to reciprocate.
“Once one or two issues are settled, the Federation will definitely pay up. For now, we all must remain focused for the task ahead which is the qualification for Brazil 2014 and everything other shall follows,” assured Laloko who was once technical director of the football house.
He was appointed on Wednesday, May 8 alongside former Super Eagles Chief C oach, Shaibu Amodu who was appointed as the national Technical Director with another former national team coach, James Peters as assistants.
Keshi has described the seven months salary being owed him by the NFF as the lowest point of his career. He alleged that the football house owed him N35 million (US$210, 000).
“Owing me up to seven months makes me feel I’m not being appreciated. It is like they (my employers) think I’m being favoured in what I’m doing. I’m not being favoured, “he said.
“Whatever I’m doing here, I’m doing it with everything I have and I need to be respected and be paid. The lowest point of my career is working and not being paid for seven to eight months. I have never had this kind of experience before,” said Keshi.
He said it was unbelievable that he and his colleagues had worked without pay for more than seven months.
Keshi guided Nigeria to the African Cup of Nations title in South Africa early this year. The team is also on the verge of qualifying for next year’s World Cup scheduled for Brazil.
He briefly quit after the Nations Cup accusing the federation of undermining him after the NFF had reportedly sought a successor when the team’s chances of winning the tournament appeared slim.

Daily Independent
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