NFF spokesperson called out Globacaom for failing to pay its 2013 sponsorship fees.
The Nigeria Football Federation has said funding will not be a problem for the Super Eagles at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
In a chat with PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja on Thursday, the federation’s spokesperson, Demola Olajire, said the Federal Government has provided enough funds for the competition.
“We have everything under control. Funding is not going to be a problem at the World Cup as the federal government released some money to the federation. We have started channeling them to the necessary places,” Mr. Olajire said. “The NFF has received money to cover the campaign and we appreciate the Federal Government and the president for their support and funding to solve the problem.”
The Sports Minister told journalists in Abuja last week that funds have been made available for the tournament. He confirmed that the required money had been released to the NFF for the first group stage of the World Cup campaign.
“In terms of finances at least, we have released a sum of money to get the team to a reasonable level in the competition.
You must understand that these competitions and the funding come in stages. You take the group stages and then you take up another so that there can be some level of accountability.
“But the government is doing everything possible (to make sure the team is comfortable). We have made releases to cover their camping up to the friendly matches in London and in the [United States of America) to all the qualifying games. Once that is over, there are other provisions that are also on ground to take them to whatever stage,” he promised
Mr. Olajire disclosed to PREMIUM TIMES that one of the Federation’s major partners was yet to pay its 2013 sponsorship fee. He appealed to the telecommunications company, Globacom, to pay up to enable the Federation use the money for other issues related to the World Cup.
“Globacom is yet to pay their sponsorship fee for 2013. We appeal to them to pay because we need a lot of money at the World Cup. Their 2014 rights fee will be due by the end of July. They should please pay the federation,” he said.
The spokesperson also said the Eagles were well prepared for the World Cup.
“Preparations has commenced since the Super Eagles defeated Ethiopia in Calabar. They have played Mexico, Scotland, and Greece and will also play USA on Saturday.
“From there, they will move to Sao Paolo, the team’s base camp. Everything is set; all arrangement has been made. After their landing, FIFA takes over till the end of the tournament.”
Mr. Olajire also confirmed that the NFF’s first delegation to Brazil would leave Nigeria on Friday or Saturday.
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