NFF Fingers Isaac Promise's Kindred For Sowing Discord Over Fallen Stars Funeral, Explains Absence
By Iwedi Ojinmah 14 days ago
The Nigeria Football Federation has finally responded to the fallout created when it failed to send representatives to the funeral of former Nigerian international, Isaac PromiseRelated: My Plans For Real Madrid Academy – Wike
The NFF’s Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire yesterday underlined the fact that the Federation had and will always show concern on issues that affect Nigerian players.
“The NFF has been in regular contact with and has offered support to late Isaac Promise’s wife and children. When the player died in the United States of America, the NFF immediately contacted the club and we were assured of the responsibilities of the club, which included flying his remains to Nigeria.
“However, some of his siblings out rightly expected the NFF to foot the entire bill of his burial, which we told them was not possible. The NFF offered to foot part of the bill for the burial but from that moment, they were not happy with the Federation.”
Olajire disclosed that the NFF President, Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick, had approached the Executive Chairman of the Imo State Sports Commission, Mr Fan Ndubuoke and the Chairman of the Imo State Football Association, Mazi Amanze Uchegbulam to try and help make peace with the late player’s family as the siblings were at daggers drawn with his wife and children.
“We know what we have done and still ready to do for the immediate family.
"The NFF President has approved a sum of money to be paid to the immediate family and that money will be sent to his wife in the next few days.”
"On her part, the wife of late Isaac Promise has commended the NFF for its efforts since the passing on of her husband.
According to the NFF, Mrs Kate Promise (below) had expressed surprise at the negative stories in sections of the media, while confirming that the NFF President indeed mandated Mr Ndubuoke and Mazi Uchegbulam to try and broker peace between her in-laws and herself.
For the record Temisan Okomi Head of Sports for Classic FM first, shed light on this two days ago and it was then subsequently carried on Nigeria Football 360.
This means many of us in the press, including myself, now have egg on our face and owe the NFF a big apology for our earlier comments.
I am sorry as I will never stand by any party that resorts to extortion and blackmail especially during such as sad event as a death.
However, it is still my humble opinion that the presence of even a junior Manger from the federation, a few members of the supporters club with their trumpets and even some of his teammates would have surely made Isaac smile.
It also goes without saying, that any monies earmarked for the former star must be given to his wife and his children.
RIP Isaac Promise.