Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdullahi
Nigeria's Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdullahi has rubbished claims made by an anonymous NFF official that the National Sports Commission (NSC) had failed to release money to the federation and the Super Eagles with two days to the start of the 2013 AFCON in South Africa.
The NFF official declared that financial problems may hinder the chances and success of the Super Eagles at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as the official claimed that the football house has not been given a dime by the NSC.
The sports minister however disclosed to supersport.com that his ministry is not holding any money belonging to the NFF and the Super Eagles.
“What the NFF official said is false because we have no right to hold or delay their money. For God's sake, why would we do that?.
“The money has been delivered to the NFF yesterday (Wednesday) as the problem came from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as they were supposed to have dropped the money into the NFF account on Tuesday.
“We are not frustrating the NFF and I don't want them to blackmail us or give an excuse as the problem is not from us, but the CBN,” Special Assistant, Media to the minister, Julius Ogunro, said on behalf of his boss.
The Super Eagles will kick off their 2013 AFCON campaign against Burkina Faso on Monday in Nelspruit.