Nigeria govt stops NFF monthly grant to avoid interference

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Nigerian government has suspended the release of its monthly allocation to the Nigeria Football Federation for the month of July in a region of 235 million Naira following the country’s suspension by Fifa over allegation interference.

Explaining the decision, a source at the National Sports Commission (NSC) said the development was seen as an ideal act in bid to eschew the accusations of interference in the administration of football in Nigeria by FIFA.

The Source explained that the NSC directed the NFF to generate its own funds to undertake their commitments for the month of July which puts the country’s Under-17 qualifier game against Congo DR on Saturday and the Canada 2014 U20 Women’s World Cup bound team in jeopardy.

A staff of the NFF pleaded name be withheld said the crisis of football in the country will deepen should government desist from making funds avaliable for the Federation.

“The immediate casualties will be the Under-17 team and the Female under-20 team but in the long run it will be a disaster for our football if Government stop giving funds to the NFF though we have sponsorship deals but the money won’t be enough as we participate in all FIFA competitions hence we have 11 National teams to cater for.

In breaking down the 11 he said, “Presently we have eight different male national team from the Under-13, beach soccer up to the futsal (5 aside team) and we cater for four three different women team, if the government stop funding us am afraid we have to withdraw from some tournament to be able to keep up,” the source told SL10.

Fifa on Wednesday 9th July 2014 suspended Nigeria from all football related activities over allegations of government interference on its country’s football with reference to the removal of the Aminu Maigari led board of the Nigeria Football Federation by a Jos High Court.

Nigeria was given up till July 17 to reinstate the Aminu Maigari led NFF board and withdraw all court cases or risk a long-term ban.

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