As the National Assembly intensifies moves to ensure early and adequate funding for the Super Eagles ahead of the crucial 2018 AFCON and Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against South Africa and Cameroon respectively, the Senate Committee on Sports has revealed that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was yet to forward its financial details for the prosecution of the matches to the Federal government.
Senate Committee on Sports chairman, Senator Obinna Ogba told journalist yesterday that the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun recently told the committee that the NFF was yet to forward their request to her ministry for early release of funds.
Ogba, who harped on the need for early release of fund to the NFF for the qualifiers, expressed his concerns over the situation, even as he noted that the NFF has maintained that the Super Eagles financial requirements for the games have been forwarded to the minister’s office since three months ago.
He advised that both the NFF and the Ministry of Finance must come to terms in the interest of the Super Eagles, insisting that Nigeria cannot afford to be missing at the next AFCON and World Cup due to poor funding and preparation.
"Last week I confronted the Minister of Finance on early release of fund for the Super Eagles matches against South Africa and Cameroon, but she confessed to me that she has not seen any request from the NFF.
"But the federation president, Amaju Pinnick told me that they have sent in the teams' financial details and request for release of fund since the past three months, but the Finance Minister is still insisting that she has not seen any document from the NFF.
"I am of the opinion that every money for the two matches must be released immediately to the federation for early preparation to begin. Not when it is too late. We do not know who may be right or wrong, but our concern is that fund must be made available early to the NFF so that the team will get adequate preparation for the qualifiers. We cannot afford to miss another AFCON or World Cup due to poor funding or poor preparation," Ogba warned.