Jose Peseiro, the coach of the Nigeria national football team, has not received a single paycheck from his employers, six months after being named Super Eagles manager.
In response, the financially-struggling NFF, which receives its funding from the country’s government, said it had drawn up a plan on how to settle the arrears.
The NFF already owes the Portuguese’s predecessor Gernot Rohr and the players of his national teams money.
“We have heard from representatives of Mr Peseiro that he is only receiving his allowances and bonuses which is very worrying,” a senior NFF official told BBC Sport Africa on Tuesday.
“His salary is being paid by the Department of Sport but we quickly made an alternative arrangement, in conjunction with the Department, to sort out the salary payments this week.”
The Nigerian Ministry of Sports, which took responsibility for paying Peseiro, blamed the delay on processes for receiving funds from the federal government. A special adviser to the sports minister, Sunday Dare, said the coach would be paid “very soon”.
“The issue of Peseiro payment will soon be resolved with the understanding of the federation and the coach,” Toyin Ibitoye told the BBC.
“Everything is being worked out and we are confident that very soon everything will be settled.”
Since missing out on a place in the 2022 World Cup Africa play-offs in March, Nigeria have won their only two competitive games under Peseiro, who previously led Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
The Super Eagles beat Sierra Leone 2-1 and beat Sao Tome and Principe 10-0 to ensure a perfect start to qualification as they seek a place at the next Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast, due in early 2024.
Payment problems persist in Nigeria
This is not the first time that coaches have been caught in the net of unpaid salaries in Nigeria.
The list of coaches who have had to go without pay for some time is long, including Christian Chukwu, Augustine Eguavoen, Samson Siasia, Sunday Oliseh, Florence Omagbemi and the late Shaibu Amodu and Stephen Keshi.
The NFF is still indebted to Peseiro’s predecessor, Rohr while the football authority continues to pay the Franco-German and also owe exceptional bonuses to the players of the senior men’s and women’s national teams.
Super Eagles players unhappy with unpaid bonuses and compensation dating back to 2021, while Super Falcons still await NFF and Department of Sport to settle outstanding debts the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (Wafcon) and other training camps.
In July, the women’s team boycotted training ahead of their Wafcon third-place play-off against Zambia for non-payment of bonuses and compensation.
There are strong suggestions of discontent over backlogs within the squad, which recently embarked on pre-2023 Women’s World Cup tours of Japan and the United States.
“We actually believe the ministry paid the NFF our Wafcon money, but they just refused to make that payment to us,” one of the Super Falcons told the BBC.
“Imagine playing two games against the United States and another in Japan without being paid a penny. It’s very sad.”
Government officials have also acknowledged debts to the nine-time African champions and Super Eagles, as well as Peseiro, but say all parties must be patient.
“The sorting process of payment for the Super Falcons has since been approved and that is with the Ministry of Finance,” Ibitoye added.
. Jose Peseiro salary coach Nigeria remains unpaid since taken charge