The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barr. Solomon Dalung has challenged the Nigeria Football Federation to account for the N1.6bn given to the federation for the Super Eagles participation in the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Dalung further insisted the government will not release more funds to the NFF until an account is made.
According to report, the sum of 1.6 billion Naira that was released to the NFF to cover right up to the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup has raised an issue within the National Sports Council as the minister demands for a breakdown of the money dished out to the nation’s football governing body.
The minister said: “We want the NFF to retire this money. The money was meant for the team right up to the quarterfinals even though they crashed out in the first round.” Dalung explained.
“This has raised questions about credibility of NFF financial spending and government will not release any money to them if proper account can’t be given.”
It has been gathered that the NFF general secretary Mohammed Sanusi confirmed they are yet to communicate to the sports ministry how the World Cup cash was spent.
He said the NFF has explained that the outstanding funds from that the world cup was used to finance the country’s participation at the recent FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in France as well as the Golden Eaglets campaign at the zonal qualifiers in Niger for the 2019 U17 AFCON.