The Nigeria Football Federation have confirmed they wanted to pay the backlog of salaries owed U23 coach Samson Siasia from the $390,000 donated to the team by Japanese surgeon, Katsuya Takasu at the just ended Olympic Games in Brazil.
They however claim it was the Japanese doctor’s idea to pay Siasia’s salaries with his donation.
There had been reports of the NFF ‘trying to hijack’ the donation to the team, and instead use it to offset the monies being owed Siasia and his assistants, but NFF vice-president Shehu Dikko, while confirming it was the initial plan to pay Siasia with the money, however claims it was Dr. Takasu’s idea, not theirs.
“When it started, it was that the Japanese was happy with the Nigerian team after being told they were being owed bonuses and salaries and he contacted the federation (NFF) directly and he said he wanted to make the money available to sort out the bonuses and backlog of salaries,” Dikko Lagos Talks FM.
“That was the beginning of the discussion but as events went on, the federation insisted that the money be given directly to the team and we would just give the calculations and then he pays directly to everybody, that was the initial discussion.
“Then later, I saw that he wanted to go through the Nigerian embassy and it was actually the president of the NFF who sent the email to the embassy, to the sports minister and copied everybody, saying the Japanese was allowed to deal with the embassy and then with the players directly.
“We urged him to make the donation the way he wants to because if someone wants to donate something, you cannot be forcing him on how to make his donations and that was it.
“So all these confusions that I am seeing, I don’t know from where they are coming from,” Dikko said.