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Minister promises NFF World Cup cash

The Nigerian government will adequately fund the country’s team to the World Cup in June, the country’s sports minister has assured.

Nigeria qualified for a fifth World Cup in November, but there are serious concerns a delay

in the passage of the country’s budget could adversely affect the Super Eagles build-up for Brazil 2014.

Nigeria’s sports minister Bolaji Abdullahi has, however assured that cash will be available for the team in good time.

“The Nigeria football Federation has submitted their financial plan to the National Sports Commission and we have finished work on it and sent it to the appropriate quarters and we believe that it would receive priority attention,” Abdullahi said.

“I have no doubt in my mind that the plan for the World Cup would go very well.

“We would give all the support that is necessary to the Nigeria football Federation to succeed because if they succeed, everyone is happy.”

Nigeria face Mexico on March 5 in a warm-up game and several other tune-up matches are planned for the team.

They plan to set up a training camp in Houston, USA, from May 25.

The African champions are drawn against Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran in the first round of the World Cup, which kicks off in June.


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