According to Tribunesports investigations, Gov. Saraki and Shittu went to the PTF Chairman to complain that the British coach was ‘robbed’ which led to an investigative panel that looked into the allegations which were found to be baseless and malicious.
A member of the interview panel (names witheld), who described Shittu as an interloper and a confusionist revealed how the London-based soccer agent smuggled himself into Hoddle’s camp like the thief in the night wanting to be a part of the team that would benefit from Hoddle’s financial gains from the contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
He would have pocketed the sum of $500,000 for being part of the Hoddle team.
“It is sad that Shittu deceived Gov. Saraki easily to the extent that both of them went to Gov. Amaechi to accuse the panel of demanding kick-back from Hoddle,” our source said. “We met Shittu for the first time in London when he came to our hotel and offered to take us out for dinner. He never told us anything about Hoddle.
“In fact, it was a London-based football analyst and commentator, Gath Cooth who introduced Hoddle to the panel and he came to Nigeria with him as his agent. Hoddle was favoured for the job before Lars Lagerback came into the picture and we were shocked when his (Hoddle) negotiation paper was signed by both Cooth and Shittu. We called Hoddle and he said that Shittu came into the picture because some people in Nigeria asked him to include his name as his agent. We had to return the paper because it was Cooth that we know as Hoddle’s agent not Shittu.
“For Shittu to have lied to Gov. Saraki and Amaechi goes a long way to tell you the kind of person he is,” the source added.
However, findings revealed that Shittu denied ever telling Gov. Saraki of any bribery allegation when the investigative panel set up by the PTF Chairman summoned him. He was said to have begged for clemency after he was thoroughly washed down by the panel. He was also at the VIP during the Nigeria versus DR Congo international friendly match on Wednesday appealing to members of the panel for forgiveness.
It was further gathered that some members of the interview panel were of the opinion that it was unfortunate that Shittu had made these statement because of personal gains which could have brought Nigerian football to disrepute.
From the final scores of the five candidates, it was discovered that Hoddle was beaten to the second place by Lagerback with Bruno Metsu, Sven Goran Eriksson and Ratomir Djukovic coming third, fourth and fifth respectively.
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