*Insists on probing Maigari
The Ministry of Sports and the National Sports Commission have commended former CAF and FIFA Executive Committee member, Dr Amos Adamu for what it termed his exemplary leadership quality, particularly, his role in resolving the NFF-FIFA crisis.
A top official of the ministry told Sports Vanguard that the Adamu-led delegation to Brazil was a huge success.
“It was he who on return from the trip, advised that the court case against NFF be withdrawn to set the tone for a truce between the warring parties although he had made that representation even before leaving for Brazil.”
Although the official said the ministry was happy with the turn of events, he said that the Nigeria Football Federation will accounting for every kobo the Federal Government gave to them for the World Cup.
“They will account for all the monies received by their board. That is the only way they can exonerate themselves,” he said.
The government gave an initial N850m to the federation and later added more than N300m. This was aside the $1.5m that World Football Governing body, FIFA gave to the federation before the World Cup in Brazil.
It was not clear if the government would also ask questions on the money from FIFA to avoid it’s action been read as interference. But the federation, we gathered, must account for the more than N1bm it handed over to the federation for the World Cup.
Eagles players went on one day strike before the match against France in Brazil after they found out how much the Federal Government gave to the federation. They knew that the $8m balance of Fifa grant for the World had not been paid to the federation but insisted on getting paid with the money Federal Government made available to the federation.
In a declaration after their first meeting following the board’s reinstatement last week, the NFF said it was open to probe.