By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde – Nigeria
The president of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Melvin Pinnick has said that international friendlies will be lined up for the Super Falcons from January 2021. Kick442.com can report.
Pinnick who was the guest on the NFF’s official Instagram page on an Instagram Live Session on Thursday, July 15, 2020, answered questions on the Super Falcons’ coaching job and friendly games for the women national team.
“They are going to be playing friendly games because it’s our mission for them to do well at the next FIFA Women World Cup,” Pinnick said.
“I am promising the Super Falcons because I love them myself and whether there is AWCON in January or not, we are going to arrange friendlies for them as soon as the FIFA windows open.”
The Super Falcons are without a coach since Swedish coach, Thomas Dennerby left the country to take up the Indian U-17 girl’s job.
Pinnick asserted that the federation is in the process of signing a contract with human resource management firm Philips Consulting in order to ensure transparent handling of the recruitment process for the next Super Falcons gaffer.
“We are on the verge of signing a final contract with a company, Philips Consulting. The firm is number one and the leading company in terms of human resource management and recruitment.”
“The reason why we are doing this is to start doing things in a very transparent manner.”
“We don’t want a situation where the NFF Executive Committee will just appoint a coach for the Super Falcons. Very soon, we will sign a contract with them this week.”
“Once that is done, from Monday, they will reach out via Zoom to conduct interviews. Within the next two to three weeks, I am 100% sure that we are going to have the coach,” Pinnick stated.
“We have had world-class coaches interested in the Super Falcons job. I am in touch with them. The good thing about the Falcons is that the money to pay the coach is there already.”
“As a federation, when we received their prize money from the last World Cup, which totalled to about USD762,000, 30% of the money was given to the players and the balance kept in a separate account.”
“From there, we are going to fund the payment of the coach for the next two to three years. That is what we want to do to avoid owing coaches,” he continued.
Pinnick stated that NFF wants the Super Falcons to be well prepared ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women World Cup which will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
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