Abuja - The Nigeria Football Federation has dismissed as
'totally falacious', the claim by a self-confessed and convicted Singaporean
match-fixer, Wilson Raj Perumal, that he helped Nigeria qualify for the 2010
FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa.
In a statement in Abuja, the NFF declared that the entire
claim by Perumal was nothing more than 'distinct fiction' and insisted that the
true heroes of Nigeria's qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals were
the Federal Government, the NFF, players and coaches of the Super Eagles and
the generality of Nigeria fans.
"We have gone through the fictitious write-up by the
Singaporean, who was fittingly convicted for his nefarious activities and has
spent time in jail. The NFF will only say at this moment that there was no truth
to the claim and that we had nothing to do with Perumal all through the Super
Eagles' qualifying series for 2010 FIFA World Cup.”
"Perumal's statements are a hogwash and have no legs to
stand on. We have ordered for the book itself with a view to digesting it and looking
critically at it. If the book impugns on the image of the Nigeria Football
Federation, our players and the larger image of our dear country, we will take
appropriate action," NFF General Secretary, Musa Amadu said on Tuesday.
Amadu said that further enquiries should be directed to
world football -governing body, FIFA, since the match was a FIFA competition qualifier.
Furthermore, NFF's Integrity Officer, Mohammed Sanusi,
stated that alongside the NFF Match-fixing Investigative Officer, Dr. Christian
Emeruwa, he is in communication with FIFA Security on match-fixing matters and
they will dig deeper into the claim.Nigeria overhauled Tunisia, Kenya and Mozambique
in the final rounds of the qualification series to reach the first FIFA World
Cup finals to be staged on African soil, in 2010.
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