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CODE OF CONDUCT NOT TO GAG SIASIA –UMEH

By NBF News
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First vice president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Chief Mike Umeh has clarified that the code of conduct document expected to be signed by the newly appointed Super Eagles coach Samson Siaisia is not meant to gag the former national Under-23 helmsman.

Siasia was billed to be unveiled on Wednesday where he would have appended his signature no the code of conduct document but the three-day warning nationwide strike embarked upon by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) now suspended scuttled the highly publicized presentation.

Umeh who could not confirm the new date for the programme on Wednesday's night when he spoke to SuperSport.com from South Africa where he is due to cheer the Super Falcons in the AWC competition explained that Siasia's contract spells out an aspect that deals with moral behavior that will guide him and his employer.

'The code of conduct is to guide him in his job, something like dos and don'ts, it is not meant to teleguide or checkmate him. It is not a secret document. Both the signing of the contract and code of conduct will be publicly done. It is simply just a guide attached to his contract which he has already agreed to abide.'

As regards to coach Siasia's choice of Surinamese Dutchman Simon Kalika as assistant, the former Eagles team manager explains that the request was made by Siasia and showed NFF readiness to allow the new coach free hands to operate.

'Siasia requested for Kalika, it is part of the deal we had with him not to interfere in his choice of an assistant. We want to keep to our word to give him free hands in his work.

'I think the guy is not new to him or us, they worked together in the Under-20 and Under-23, it is wrong to see it as going through the back door to engage a foreign coach, Siasia is in charge,' he said.