Former President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Sani Lulu has denied allegations of fixing matches ahead of qualification for the FIFA 2010 World Cup.
In a reaction to the allegations made by Singaporean match-fixing king Wilson Raj Perumal that he was at the centre of Nigeria’s qualification for the 2010 World Cup, Lulu said, “There was no match that the Super Eagles played that I was not aware of its organisation. If he (Perumal) did anything, I am not aware.
“What I know is that we qualified because we worked hard.”
The former NFF boss who spoke exclusively with Sports Vanguard challenged the Singaporean to show proof of his claim. :”Let him bring out evidence of any transaction he had with the NFF if any,” Lulu said, adding, “no government agency could have done anything of the sort without the consent of the NFF. Let him bring evidence of the transaction he had with any body.”
Lulu said, “I followed due process in everything. We did and the three friendly matches we had before the World Cup were against Austria in Saudi Arabia, played against Columbia in London and finally against Korea in South Africa before the World Cup. In fact we paid Columbia $100,000 because we needed the match dearly.
“In all the cases, we never met anybody called Wilson Raj Perumal. I don’t know him,” Lulu said.