Abuja - The Nigeria Football Federation has come out to
explain in detail all financial matters around the country’s participation in
the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.
Speaking in Abuja on Wednesday, NFF’s Director of
Competitions Mohammed Sanusi stated clearly that all postulations and
assumptions by some uninformed football analysts were terribly wide off the
“We have been reading and listening to a lot of ‘expert
views and analyses’ on the financial details of Nigeria’s participation in next
year’s FIFA World Cup finals and most of these conclusions carry bold marks of
“For the avoidance of doubt, FIFA will pay each
participating member association the sum of $1.5million (about N240million) as
preparation money, and this is verifiable from all quarters, including FIFA headquarters.
“The amount guaranteed for each team’s participation in the championship
is the sum of $8million, and no team will get this exact sum because the money
will be subject to with-holding tax, deductions on accommodation and all
extras, and some other deductions. More importantly, this money will not be
paid until after the World Cup finals, and when what is left is eventually
paid, certain percentage of it goes to the players.”
Sanusi, a doctorate degree holder in sports administration
and who is also president of the Nigeria Association of Colleges of Education Games,
lambasted those who had gone on air and to the press to talk about the NFF not
needing any money to prepare the Super Eagles for participation in the 2014
FIFA World Cup.
“A number of these commentators are simply misleading the
public. It is unfortunate that those who should know are the ones who have been
at the forefront of the negative campaign. To prepare the Super Eagles adequately
for a big impact at the World Cup will gulp a lot of money, in camping
programmes, friendly matches and general logistics.
“The NFF has nothing to hide. All monies received from our participation
in the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be duly accounted for.”
Sanusi also described as laughable insinuations in some
quarters that the present NFF administration has much to prove.
“The present NFF administration headed by Alhaji Aminu
Maigari has achieved much more than any before it, ever since the NFF came into
being as NFA, and this is a fact. Records don’t lie. In three-and-half years,
the administration has won 10 trophies, qualified Nigeria for the FIFA World
Cup finals with ease and fostered better relationships with other agencies and
Nigeria Missions abroad, as well as breaking new grounds in human capacity
development and empowerment programmes.
“Those challenging the present NFF should first challenge
themselves to make impact in their own areas of endeavour.”