Money woes mar Eagles preparations for Zambia match
From AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – NIGERIA’S preparations for the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) World Cup 2018 qualifier against Zambia have suffered a financial setback.
Days before the match away in Zambia on Sunday, the government is yet to release any funds needed to prepare for the match.
This was disclosed on Wednesday at the plenary by Ebonyi Central Senator, Obinna Ogba, through personal explanation by citing order 43.
The lawmaker said efforts by the Senate Committee on Sport to intervene did not yield results as the Minister of Sport, Solomon Dalong, failed to honour their invitation.
“Nigerians must know that five days to the match between Nigeria and Zambia in a crunch World Cup qualifier, no money has been released for the match,” said Ogba.
“All effort to ensure that Nigeria play this match has fail as the minister of sport fail to honour invitation of the Senate Committee,” Ogba said.
In reaction, the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the sitting, urged the committee to arrange another meeting with Dalong to ensure Nigeria funds were released for the national team to fulfil the match.
“Football is one of the things that unite us in this country. The committee should ensure they meet the minister to ensure we play the match,” Ekweremadu said.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles are in a tough Group B in the qualifiers for the World Cup 2018 Russia, alongside Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia.
– CAJ News
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