The search for a new Super Falcons head coach may have hit a snag after Nigeria Football Federation appointed recruiters PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) were hit with a court case.
PwC were put in charge of the recruitment of a new coach after Dane Thomas Dennerby left the position to take charge of the Indian U17 women’s national team.
Announcing the choice of PwC who are also the federation’s external auditors, NFF president Amaju Pinnick said the measure was to make the recruitment process as transparent as possible as well as ensure the best candidate is selected.
“The Super Falcons’ coaching job is open to Nigerian and expatriate coaches, who must meet the standard set by PWC,” Pinnick said, adding, “the company has what it takes to pick the best among the list of applicants.
“Some Nigerian coaches based abroad that I have not met have called to inform me that they are interested in the Super Falcons job and I tell them that the federation is not involved in coaches recruitment.
“Any interested person should apply to PWC with their credentials. If former Super Falcons’ stars like Mercy Akide, Florence Omagbemi and others are interested in coaching the Falcons, they should apply through PWC.
“The company has guidelines a coach must attain to get the job. Any coach PWC picks to handle the Falcons at the end of the day will be accepted by the NFF,” he said.
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That process has been ongoing and nearing a conclusion with Pinnick confirming in a virtual meeting with journalists on Monday that the stage is now set for interviewing prospective candidates for the job.
“We are working to see how we can hold the interview to select the new Head Coach for the Super Falcons. I have a meeting with our external auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers this week, on the need for us to get this done,” Pinnick said.
However, shortly after, the NFF supremo confirmed he had received a message from PwC informing him of an NFF-linked lawsuit against the company which Pinnick said could jeopardise the recruitment process and possibly lead to the withdrawal of PwC.
“The disgruntled persons who are doing everything to foist a toxic environment on our football have even been writing to them to withdraw their sponsorship, threatening them and all that. I received a message an hour ago about someone wanting to take PwC, our external auditors, to court because we outsourced the recruitment of the Super Falcons coach to them for transparency. We should all rise up and question the motives of these fellows,” Pinnick informed the meeting.
The NFF president, however, reiterated his “special love” for the 11-time African champions and shed light on the contentious issue of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup prize money and plans to ensure the remuneration of whoever emerges as the team’s coach.
“I have always said that we have special love for the Super Falcons. That is the team that has won the most laurels for this country and we appreciate and adore them. I will be in contact with FIFA during the week to know when we will receive the appearance fee from the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup,” Pinnick said.
“That money is the sum of $760,000, and 30 per cent of that money is for the team to share.
“Once we get the appearance money from the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, we will hand over the 30 per cent that is the entitlement of the players and then ringfence the balance for the purpose of paying the new Head Coach.
“Just as we did for the team going to the World Cup, we have plans to arrange quality international friendlies for them before the next AFCON competition to build a much stronger squad.”