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NFF Explains 2014 World Cup Financial Matters by Empowerment(m): 7:57am On Dec 19, 2013
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, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi stated clearly that all
postulations and assumptions by some uninformed football
analysts were terribly wide off the mark.
“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 ignorance.
“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
“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
“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
Re: NFF Explains 2014 World Cup Financial Matters by JohnFrankling(m): 8:26am On Dec 19, 2013
Let thenm just be sincere when the money comes and give the players what is rightfully theirs because we won't entertain stories

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