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Sports Minister kicks against Nigeria’s participation in World Cup

19 November 2016, 10:39

Abuja -  Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung on Friday said he was against Nigeria’s participation at the World Cup.

He said Nigeria does not need to participate in the World Cup, if the nation cannot win the tournament, reports Vanguard .

Dalung was quoted as saying this in an interview with Voice of America on Friday.

Dalung was quoted to have said Nigeria should only participate in competitions like the African Nations Cup and the Commonwealth games they are guaranteed of winning.

He described Nigeria’s participation in the World Cup qualifiers as a ‘waste of money’.

He said, “The cup that we can win is the African Cup of Nations. There is nothing again that will take us to another man’s balcony in the name of the World Cup.

We already have the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics. For these, we can attend such meets. But I am opposed to the World Cup. We don’t agree to it. Conspiracy in the World Cup is too much.”

He added, “There is the issue of bribery and favouritism. There is also the issue of corruption before you are even given the hosting rights. We are here suffering from hunger and we don’t have money for such things.

"That is why, even if we try many times, once it gets into the politics of the game, we can never win.

“That was why this year, we had to tackle him (FIFA President, Ginani Infantino) and we said, ‘you , Infantino, if you win this election, you have to give us a position. If not, we shall not agree.’ And you see , by the grace of God, he even picked an African as his Secretary-General.

That means he has started taking honey and rubbing on our lips. That means that one day, we shall get to really lick the honey.”

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