The Federal Government has approved the sum of N1.6 billion extra budgetary allocation for the Super Eagles 2014 FIFA World Cup preparation and participation.
Investigations on Thursday revealed that President Goodluck Jonathan in a bid to ensure the smooth execution of the preparation for the summer tournament has approved the funds which are expected to be released any moment from now.
A top government source in Abuja confirming to the approval of the funds said: “The Federal Government is committed to the Super Eagles doing well at the World Cup in Brazil that is why President Jonathan has approved N1.6billion for the team. The money is different from whatever the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) may have appropriated for the team in their 2014 budget.”
“The president has demonstrated his love for the country’s senior football team by approving the money. This will take the pressure away from the National Sports Commission and NFF officials who have been wondering how they were going to fund Eagles preparations and participation in Brazil 2014,” the source added.