stories from Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
The Ministry of Finance and the leadership of the Nigeria football Federation (NFF) are trading blames over financial request for the 2 super Eagles crucial FIFA World Cup and Africa international locations Cup qualifier ties in opposition to the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon and the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.
whereas the Finance Minister, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, claimed that the federal govt is yet to obtain any monetary request from NFF, the Glass house argued that the request was submitted to the ministry over three months ago.
Chairman Senate Committee on sports, Senator Obiina Ogba, who made the disclosure in a chat with journalists in Abuja, mentioned that while the Finance Minister told him her place of job has now not gotten any request when he confronted her not too long ago, the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick had told Ogba that the federation made a request to that impact over three months ago.
Warning that Nigeria can not afford to pass over out at the subsequent variation of the AFCON and World Cup for factors because of bad funding and preparation, Sen. Ogba stated: “I confronted the Minister of Finance final week on the early unlock of money for the tremendous Eagles qualifier suits against South Africa and Cameroon, but she confessed to me that she has now not seen any request from the NFF.
“however, the federation’s president, Amaju Pinnick, informed me that they have despatched in the workforce’s monetary important points for the reason that past three months. The Finance Minister is still insisting that she has no longer considered any record from the NFF.
“i am of the opinion that each cash for the 2 matches must be released straight away to the federation for early guidance to start. no longer when it’s too late. We don’t comprehend who is also right or improper, however our challenge is that money have to be made to be had early sufficient to the NFF in order that the group will get ample preparation for the qualifiers.