Former NFF President Breaks Silence Over Bribery Comments by Sven Goran Eriksson Over Eagles Job

Former NFF President Breaks Silence Over Bribery Comments by Sven Goran Eriksson Over Eagles Job

  • Sven-Goran Eriksson applied to become the Super Eagles coach ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa
  • The former England manager has now made bribery allegations against those who interviewed him for the job
  • A former scribe of the Nigeria Football Federation, Sani Lulu-Abdullahi has denies allegations made by the Swede

Former president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Sani Lulu-Abdullahi has denied knowledge of the allegation made by Swedish manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Eriksson alleged that Nigerian officials who interviewed him for the position of Super Eagles coach had wanted a fraction of his salary paid to a separate account.

Sven-Goran Eriksson, Super Eagles, NFF, Sani Lulu
Sven-Goran Eriksson made bribery allegations against Nigerian football officials who interviewed him for the Super Eagles coaching job. Photo: KHALED DESOUKI.
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However, Abdullahi stated there was an instruction to investigate those who actually interviewed the tactician at that time.

He said via Vanguard:

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“Even as I am no longer in the NFF, there is continuity in the system. You can still find out from the NFF who were in charge."

Abdullahi explained he did not and had not conducted interviews, with committees established to take charge of screening prospective hires.

After reporters noted that he would have been in charge of appointing members of the committee, he replied:

“Something that happened about 12, 13 or 14 years ago? I have gone into so many things and a lot to think about. You know what you people did to me. I died and God resurrected me."

Abdullahi refused to discuss further what had happened under his regime at the NFF, telling the media instead to look at their 'template' to find the facts.

"I shouldn’t be talking as if I am still in office,” he concluded.

The claims relate to the year 2010, when the Super Eagles were preparing to travel to South Africa for the FIFA World Cup.

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Eventually, Lars Lagerback was later appointed as Nigeria's football coach and he took the team to the global showpiece.

Foreign coaches won't help: Amokachi

Sports Brief earlier reported that Daniel Amokachi has emphatically stated that hiring a foreign coach for the Super Eagles of Nigeria will not solve all the problems with the national team.

Following the disengagement of Augustine Eguavoen as the Super Eagles gaffer, the Nigerian Football Federation appointed Portuguese tactician Jose Peseiro.

Amokachi explained there is no solid developmental programme for young Nigerian footballers - and the national teams suffer the consequences.

Source: Sports Brief News