The Aminu Maigari-led Executive Board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said that all the allegations leveled against it are false, unfounded and a planned plot to destroy all the remarkable successes it recorded in the past four years by forces opposed to the leadership of the football house.
A prominent member of the NFF Executive Board who pleaded anonymity has risen in strong defense of the federation in the face of an avalanche of financial impropriety leveled against it by the so called ‘’NFF Emergency Congress”.
He vehemently denied the allegations that board members partook in the sharing of the Super Eagles’ Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup largesse of $3.6 million from the Federal Government.
According to him, ‘The Sports Minister personally brought the money in question to Brazil and delivered directly to the players and officials. No board member got a dime. lt is a case of giving a dog a bad name to hang it”.
On the issue of the Super Eagles’ quarrel over the FIFA World Cup participation money, he stated that both players and officials held a meeting where the players and coaching staff were told what they will get ahead of time just as they were also reminded that such money from FIFA comes two months after the competition.
Said he, ‘the truth is that the board adequately briefed the players and officials on the FIFA largesse and it was explained that the money only comes months after the World Cup. It is therefore arrant nonsense any talk that the board denied the players what is due to them”.
According to the prominent NFF figure, all the allegations are totally untrue as the Maigari- led NFF Executive Board and its management staff has been very prudent in the handling of the finances of the federation vis-a-viz the numerous programs the NFF executed in the years under review.
‘’It is very unfortunate that all manners of allegations are being brandished by those who are envious of the landmark achievements recorded by this present board. Need I recount that this board worked very hard to ensure that Nigeria won the coveted African Nations Cup in South Africa after 20 years of waiting even as the Golden Eaglets lifted again the FIFA U-17 World Cup in UAE last year while all our other national football teams did the country proud at every competition to warrant President Goodluck Jonathan playing host to the victorious teams as many times as possible this past four years”, the top official said.