BY JUDE OPARA, ABUJA
Despite claims in certain quarters that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) spent over $300,000 dollars to prosecute the recent international friendly between Nigeria and the Taranga Lions of Senegal in London, the federation has stated that the huge success which the outing recorded on the trip far outshines any amount of money it may have gulped.
General Secretary of the NFF, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi told Sports Vanguard that the encounter which took place at the Hive stadium worth far more than whatever was spent because the primary aim of putting the team in shape using the FIFA international friendly window was achieved.
According to Sanusi, the federation was determined to adequately prepare the Super Eagles ahead of the crucial Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against African champions, Cameroon as well as the 2019 AFCON qualifier against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.
“Let me emphasise that the essence of organising the match is not because of the naira and kobo. Otherwise we would not have spent money to do the things we did. We are concerned about the quality of preparations and as far as I am concerned, we have achieved the objective of playing the friendly match.
“I insist that whatever we spent for that match was worthwhile because preparing a team for such a game is not an easy task. We cannot be talking of money without actually talking of what it was spent on; you have to consider the accommodation, feeding, transportation, security, hiring of stadium among others. I am sure that if you do a small calculation especially the room rates and number of players invited, you will see where the money went,” he said.
Sanusi who regretted that Nigerians were unable to watch the match live however insisted, “the fact that Coach Gernot Rohr had the opportunity of seeing some other new players was most rewarding”.