HAVING become apparent that the Nigeria Football Federation cannot fund the Super Eagles for its 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Zambia on October 9, the Senate has charged the Ministry of Sport to bail the FA out.
President of the FA, Amaju Pinnick had been quoted during a Senate Sports Committee hearing as per African Football as explaining the dire plight of the Federation He said:“We have a sound technical crew and our players are doing well, but the missing link is a financial incapacitation ,” Pinnick disclosed.
“We have made arrangements for a chartered flight with Arik and have reserved 60 rooms in a new hotel which is just 10 minutes from the stadium in Ndola, but we have not paid for them.”
The NFF boss also confirmed that the country’s Europe-based stars were ordered to buy their flight tickets and fly economy to be join the training camp in Abuja for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier.
“We requested the players to fly economy and about 80% of them complied with this,” he said.
“We could not buy their tickets because we are already owing the travel agent about 300 million Naira.”
Meanwhile, on Wednesday Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sport,Senator Obinna Ogba, in a series of twitter tread made a case for the Cash strapped federation. “Senator Obinna Ogba raises a Point of Order on the upcoming Nigeria – Zambia Football Match. He says @thenff is unable to sponsor the match.”
“Senator Ogba says an urgent intervention needs to be made to ensure that the @NGSuperEagles come tops in the football encounter.” “DSP Ike Ekweremadu now says that the Senate #YouthAndSportsCttee should immediately meet with Minister @SolomonDalung to resolve the issue.”