The Nigeria Football Federation made it clear on Monday that it has not received the $1 million 2010 FIFA World Cup preparation money due to each of the 32 Participating Member Associations, as wrongly reported by a national sports paper at the weekend.
Federation spokesman, Ademola Olajire, said the money, which was made known to the PMAs during the World Cup Draw Ceremony in Cape Town earlier this month, would be paid by FIFA by the end of December.
â€œIt is misleading to say that we have received the money. People should try and cross â€“check whatever information they stumble upon. This kind of report is capable of generating another round of needless controversy.
â€œIt is not a voodoo matter; the moment we receive the money, we will let the world know. All the participating countries were at the Team Seminar when FIFA declared the amounts to be given. Some people have even gone to the ridiculous extent of saying that the NFF has received the $8 million due to all the teams for participating in the competition.
â€œFor the avoidance of doubt, the participating fees would not be paid until after the World Cup finals in July next year. The amounts are graduated from the teams that play only the three group phase matches to the champion team, and of course, FIFA has no way of knowing the final placements until all the 64 matches are played.
â€œWeâ€™re not looking at earning only $8 million, because we know our team will get far beyond the group stage.
â€œOur exhortation is that people should always take pain to check their facts carefully and thoroughly before going to pressâ€.
England 2018 wants Nigeriaâ€™s support
The England 2018 Bid Team made a stop â€“over in Nigeria on Tuesday, canvassing for the countryâ€™s support for its bid to host the World Cup finals in nine yearsâ€™ time.
At a modest ceremony inside the Residence of the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Bob Dewar, in Abuja, Bid Chairman Lord Triesman said England is not taking for granted the several ties between both countries, but rather wishes to convince Nigeria that she has the facilities to host a marvelous FIFA World Cup finals.
The decision on which country hosts the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals will be taken in December 2010 by FIFAâ€™s 24 â€“member Executive Committee, of which Nigeriaâ€™s Dr. Amos Adamu is one.
Adamu was at the event alongside the High Commissioner Dewar, Bid Chairman Triesman, NFF President Sani Lulu Abdullahi, NFF General Secretary Bolaji Ojo-Oba, ex-superstar Andy Cole, The FAâ€™s Head of International Relations Jane Bateman, their Nigerian consultant Tunde Adelakun, former Nigerian decathlete Brown Ebewele and former President of ASJU, Mr. Fan Ndubuoke.
Adamu said: â€œEngland and Nigeria have a long history of relationship and several ties.
I particularly praise the Bid Team for responding to suggestions that it was not carrying along ex â€“players. In Cape Town, we saw David Beckham and now, here is Andy Cole.
â€œThere are definitely no doubts about Englandâ€™s facilities, finances and security. England has also taken football to a very high level with standard of organization and the passion and beauty of the Premiershipâ€.
Adamu also suggested that both countries should organize a friendly football match before next yearâ€™s World Cup finals in South Africa, to which Lord Triesman, who is also Chairman of The FA, said he would speak to England Coach Fabio Capello.