Solomon Dalung, minister for youth and sports development, has denied knowledge of a foreign technical director for the Nigeria national football team Super Eagles. Dalung told journalists that the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, did not inform him of the appointment of the German coach Gernot Rohr.
“We have a German-born coach but that is not official to me anyway, because I have only been reading about it online.
“But they will also present him officially when they have concluded all the arrangements of engaging him.
“However, I will continue to maintain that we need to develop our own.
“There is no better way of making progress than to develop our own indigenous coaches,’’ he added.
Dalung who frowned at the treatment meted to Samson Siasia, the coach of the national under-23 football team, by the NFF, noted that the football house was unfair to him.
“NFF has not been fair to him. The withdrawal of Siasia’s official car by the NFF is condemnable,’’ he said.
“Siasia is an asset to Nigeria, but unfortunately we are a country where good people are like wheel barrows. They are only useful when they are needed.
“When he visited me on Monday I told him I heard that he has resigned and he said he had not, but that his contract has ended.
“Then I invited the General Secretary of NFF (Mohammed Sanusi), because there was this report I read that I directed that his car be withdrawn while he was away.
“He (Sanusi) confirmed that Siasia’s car was indeed withdrawn. I then sought to know why this would come up while the man was on a national assignment.
“I then told him (Sanusi) that this was unacceptable,’’ he said.