By Olawale Ajimotokan
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is deep in talks with the Lagos State government over the planned fundraising dinner for the Super Eagles ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa next year.
We also scoped that a tentative date of December 22 has been set aside for the dinner which will be attended by captains of industry and influential dignitaries of the Nigerian society. It will be held at one of the leading hotels on Lagos Island.
But concern about the closeness of date to the end of the year is also prompting NFF to weigh the option of hosting the event early next year, before the Super Eagles jet to South Africa for the Africa Cup of Nations campaign.
The proceeds from the fundraising effort will augment the federal government’s grant to the NFF to enable the national team participate in the continent’s flagship football competition from January 19 to February 11, 2013.
Impeccable sources revealed Wednesday night that Lagos State Governor Raji Fashola, is in touch with the leadership of the NFF led by Aminu Maigari and is said to be very disposed to idea of hosting the fund raising dinner.
The decision to source for funds from alternative window, notably from public spirited business men and women, was one of the decisions taken by the NFF Board at a special Emergency Meeting in Abuja on November 28.
Federation sources told us Wednesday night that the choice of Lagos was informed by its status as the nation’s commercial capital where virtually all the corporate captains of note reside and corporate policies formulated.
It is also expected that some state governors who are known to for their inclination for sports, especially football will also attend the event.
Lagos only recently pulled off the hosting of the 18th National Sports Festival with much fanfare.