Coach Samson Siasia has told PREMIUM TIMES he would love to return to the United States to take some rest after a torrid time preparing and leading the Nigerian men Olympic football team to a podium finish at the last Olympics in Rio.
But that is after receiving his arrears of salaries which remained unpaid by the Nigeria Football Federation.
Siasia, who has been in the news in the past days after declaring that he was done working for Nigeria, said although he was not clear what he would do next, he was for now focused on getting his unpaid salaries and then heading to the United States for a deserved rest.
“I just want to go back to America, sleep and rest. Maybe in two months time, I can now decide on what next I want to do,” Siasia told PREMIUM TIMES.
Sounding livid over his unpaid salaries, Siasia said he could no longer accept excuses by the NFF that the Treasury Single Account (TSA) was making it difficult for him to be paid.
“Since we came back, they have been saying TSA, TSA… I don’t care the hell what is TSA. All I want is my money. At the moment, my contract has expired so I just want to walk away peacefully, I am grateful for the opportunity given to me by the NFF but right now, I just want to move on,” the coach said.
PREMIUM TIMES also spoke to the 1st Vice President of the NFF, Seyi Akinwunmi, on the whole Siasia controversy.
Mr. Akinwunmi said it was quite unfortunate that the Siasia salary issue was now a subject of public discussion even after conscious effort had been made by the Federation to salvage the situation.
“I know the NFF President has spoken extensively to him on the reasons for the delay but I don’t know why he has chosen to do what he is doing at the moment,” Akinwunmi said.
Akinwunmi commended the coach for his efforts in delivering on tasks given to him even in the face of several challenges.
“I don’t see him (Siasia) as an ingrate, I don’t know which board member allegedly called him that,” he said. “I don’t even know if that report is true.
“For me personally, Siasia has done well having given us the only medal at the Olympics and we appreciate all the sacrifices made to make that possible.”
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