Nigeria Football Federation secretary-general, Musa Amadu said yesterday the federation would not be rushed into making a statement on brewing cash for vote scandal rocking the 2018/2022 World Cup Bids.
Nigeria’s Amos Adamu is in the centre of the storm so also Oceania Football Federation president, Ranald Temarii. The two men were alleged to have demanded for cash to swing their vote to a particular candidate.
“We just have to wait for the outcome of this investigation before we can issue a statement on the matter,” said Mr. Amadu.
But Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) on Monday pledged to fully cooperate with a FIFA probe into allegations its president offered to sell his vote.
World football’s governing body launched the investigation after a British newspaper alleged it covertly filmed Temarii and Adamu soliciting money in return for their votes.
“Reynald Temarii welcomes a full and thorough investigation so that all the facts can be heard,” the OFC said in statement.
Britain’s Sunday Times alleged Temarii, who is also a FIFA vice-president, wanted three million New Zealand dollars (2.3 million US) to set up a sports academy in Auckland from undercover journalists posing as lobbyists.
It said Adamu, Nigeria’s representative on FIFA’s executive committee, demanded 800,000 US dollars.
Temarii, a former player for French club FC Nantes, represents Tahiti and has headed the OFC — which mainly consists of small Pacific island nations __ since 2004.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, whose country is the largest OCF member, said he was concerned at the accusations levelled at head of the Auckland_based body.