A MAJOR crisis yesterday hit the on-going FIFA U-17 World Cup when MTN cut off the optic fibre connection which transmits television signals from the producers to the rest of the world.

This was because of debt being owed them by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the services they have provided since the championship started. It simply means that all the countries that receive signals through MTN’s optic fibre will not receive TV signals  from Nigeria and Fifa sees this  as a scandal.

They cannot link Nigeria to take signal of today’s semi-final matches and final billed for Sunday. MTN is being owed over N800m for their services since the championship started.

This is among billions of naira debt the LOC is owing inspite of the N12 billion already released to them. FIFA were making frantic efforts last night to see how they could get MTN to restore services.


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