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Keshi, Siasia, others to sign new NFF’s code of conduct


Stephen KeshiIn a move to ensure the country’s national teams only feature the country’s best legs, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has introduced a code of conduct for all the national team coaches.

In a document tagged “Code of conduct for national team coaches,” which was obtained by The Guardian at the weekend, the NFF listed some conditions under which the coaches must operate, insisting that they are aimed at giving the country the best of representation at international competitions.

Among others, the code of conduct expects coaches handling the female national teams to desist from going into any inappropriate relationship with the players, while Super Eagles’ coaches and other national team managers will face a stiff penalty if they are found to have collected gratification from players or insisting on becoming the players’ agent before featuring them in games.

The document reads in part: “Coaches must submit their programmes for approval by the technical committee. Any structural changes to such approved programmes must be done with the written consent from the technical committee;

SIASIA“Coaches must not take decisions based on personal interest, for example, collecting gratifications, insisting on becoming player’s manager, or player’s agent. Coaches must not use ethnic or religious criteria for evaluating players. Coaches must not collude with themselves or other persons, to deliberately mislead the technical committee about a player’s performance; and,

“Coaches must not misrepresent the NFF or distort information to the media. They are precluded from imparting unauthorised information to the public. Coaches must not solicit for or receive donations and gifts for their teams without the written consent of the NFF.

The documents also demands that coaches must not administer drugs or any other therapy on players without the express written permission of the medical team, adding that they must not establish inappropriate sexual relationships with the players.

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