Thursday, November 18, 2010

Heartland furious with NFF over Siasia

Nigeria Premier League (NPL) side, Heartland Football Club, are livid with the way the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has handled the hiring of Samson Siasia as Super Eagles’ head coach.
General Manager of Heartland, Fan Ndubuoke, told Lagos-based radio station, Brila FM, on Wednesday evening that Siasia still has a contract with the Naze Millionaires and must honour it.
He believes that the FA should respect the binding terms of transfer rules involving players and coaches.
“He is still our coach,” said the Heartland chief.
Ndubuoke pointed out that if Siasia fails to honour his own bargain of the deal, then the club will be forced to issue him a query.
“It doesn’t matter where he sits (during matches). The issue is that he should do his job as our coach. We have seen coaches like Alex Ferguson sit in the crowd and still do their jobs. But if he doesn’t, I will have no other choice than to query him,” said Ndubuoke.
But Ndubuoke clearly stated that the Owerri-based side are yet to hear from Siasia’s new employer, the Nigerian FA.
“Let us hope that before December 1 that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) reaches us. It is just about two weeks away as we talk.
“The NFF know the rule because they made the rule and shouldn’t break it. They (the NFF) know that when a player wants to disengage, they know what that player and his new employers should do.
“I believe if a coach also wants to disengage his contract before it expires, they know what to do. So we don’t expect that they will be the ones to break the rule,” he said.
On the issue of demanding for compensation in the event that Siasia does not see out his contract at Heartland, Ndubuoke was cagey with his response.
“When we reach the bridge we will cross. I cannot predict what action we will take (on the outcome of such meeting with the NFF),” said the Heartland boss.

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