Nigerian coaches collect bribe — Laloko
Former Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Chief Kashimawo Laloko, has said that some Nigerian coaches on national assignment demand and collect bribe from players and their agents.
Speaking with The Guardian yesterday, Laloko said it is true some Nigerian coaches do collect kick back from players, thus confirming an earlier report published in The Guardian, in which former international, Tajudeen Disu, spoke on bribery allegation and appealed to the NFF to prosecute any coach found guilty.
Laloko, who was the former coach of Julius Berger FC, said it is true that the nation’s coaches demand and collect bribe from players and agents. According to him, the decadence has been in existence for as long as he can remember.
“I can tell you categorically that it is true that some of our coaches demand and collect bribe from players and football agents. There was this age grade World Cup tournament where we lost out to a South American country in the quarterfinal stage.
“After the defeat, we later found out that the coach in question never went to that particular tournament with the best legs. The Vice President then, Admiral Augustus Aikhomu, an ardent sports lover was so annoyed that he personally instructed me to draft a sack letter for the coach. It was a bad development because I felt very bad myself giving him the letter,” he said.
Coach Laloko, who is the Director of Pepsi Football Academy, said that another major worry is lack education and proper training of some Nigerian coaches.
“It will amaze you to know when questions are being asked, some of our coaches find it difficult to give answer. Myself, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, the late Amodu Shuaibu are the ones training and issuing out certificates to them. I know what I am talking about.
“It will also marvel you to know that some of these coaches at this age are computer illiterates. How then can they cope on their job when the world now depends on information through the operation of the computer? I am really worried particularly because of their lack of education,” he stated.
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