NFF Implores FG To Increase Allocation For Brazil 2014

As preparation for the fast approaching 2014 FIFA world cup goes into full swing, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appealed to the federal government to increase its allocation for the Mundial in order to avoid financial hitches which could spring from budget deficit.

NFF’s General Secretary, Musa Amadu, made this appeal on Monday while leading delegation of the Federation to defend their budget to the House of Representatives Committee on Sports.

It was gathered that the federal government had approved a sum of just over N1.2-billion for release for the Super Eagles’ participation in this Brazil tournament, which is far below the N2-billion budgeted by the NFF, leaving the Federation with a budget deficit of N800-million.

Amadu explained: “For the World Cup, the budget we have is N2,084,053,765 and from what we are envisaging, government may likely give us N1,254,160,329. So there will be a shortfall in this World Cup budget to the tune of N829,839,436 and the way we look at it, this amount the government is bringing [N1.2-billion] will only take the Super Eagles to the round of 16 match in terms of the bonuses to be paid, air tickets, estacodes, preparation and the rest of it.”

“Then it means of course that we will have a budget deficit for the World Cup, that is why we are placing this budget before the House Committee to have a look at it because the strategy is for us to go beyond any other African country in Brazil, which is the quarter-final stage. If we get the budget that we have put together, Nigeria will be able to do not only ourselves proud but also the African continent.”



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