Salary payment saga: No file no payment says NFF to Izilein

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The Nigeria Football Federation has insisted it would have to see proper documentation before payment of any arrears can be made to owed former Super Falcons Coach Godwin Izilein.

Izilein was in charge of the Falcons when they won the African Women’s  Cup of Nations title in South Africa in 2004, and is still yet to be paid for his services.

Barrister Christopher Green leads the NFF’s three-man committee saddled with the responsibility of verification of salaries and emoluments owed previous coaches and he insists no payment can be made until all claims are verified.

Green in a chat with our correspondent says his committee is in charge of looking into salaries and emoluments owed coaches in the Amaju Pinnick tenure, also considering those who “leap frogged” in from the Alhaji Maigari tenure and Izilein doesn’t fall into  any of the mentioned categories.

“To start with he didn’t fall into that category, that’s number one” says Green.

“Number two if we want to show some compassion to somebody that has a legitimate case there must be proof because you cannot put something into nothing and expect it to stay.

“As I speak to you now there is no file of Godwin Izilien before me. If there is any such file, I’ll treat it like I treated the files that were sent to me for other coaches that are being owed.

“If I see any file from Godwin Izielein and it can be proved that it is his file and whatever is said to be owed him, is also proved that it is the actual money owed him, for goodness sake I’ll treat it and I’ll push it up to the next level. It has nothing to do with me.”

Green informs of the NFF’s willingness to pay the Edo born coach and believe it is a problem that can be easily solved.

“It is a problem which he can solve by going to the Nigeria Football Federation himself and trying to trace his file.

“In an exercise like this we just have to be prudent and we must make sure that we conduct our diligence checks and to make sure that what is being paid is the proper thing that is being paid.

“We shouldn’t pay ghost workers, we shouldn’t pay fraudulent claims. That’s not to say he didn’t work or he is not being owed.

“I can’t place my hand on anything but if i can place my hands on anything for goodness sake on the grounds of compassion I’ll pass it over to the next table.”

The NFF recently sealed a N2.5bn deal with Aiteo Group proceeds of which it said would help in the payment of its’ coaches past and present.

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