NFF explain delay in payments

The Nigerian Football Federation have revealed the reason behind the delay in the payment of the Nigeria's Olympic football team.

Samson Siasia side's Olympic journey has been marred by poor organisation in addition to a lack of funds. The latest financial debacle saw the Dream Team skip training ahead of their quarter-final clash against Denmark, due to lack of payment.

NFF president Amaju Pinnick revealed the reason behind the delay in payments.

"I just finished a long telephone discussion with Siasia and I explained to him the situation the NFF is in and why he has not received his salary. As I explained last week, we received some money from CAF and I directed that the money be used to offset the salaries of the U23 team coaches and also for the Super Falcons’ coaches," he told NFF's website.

"The money has come into the NFF account but it has to first go into our TSA (Treasury Single Account) before we can access it and then use it. The vouchers for the payment have already been done.

"Siasia confirmed that before I spoke to him, the NFF General Secretary had also called him to explain the situation to him. We are not unmindful of what our coaches are going through in this challenging period and we praise them for their patriotism and hard work despite all these," he said.

Siasia's outfit face Denmark on Saturday night in their quarter-final fixture and will look to emulate the 1996 side, who clinched Olympic gold.

"I want to specially appreciate the Honourable Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung, who had already dispatched accountants to the U23 team hotel to pay the allowances of players and officials before I called the team.

"The Honourable Minister instructed the accountants to also pay the four alternate players, who are not accredited for the Games. We commend him for his efforts."