The Federal Government has approved N1.6bn for Nigeria’s 2014 World Cup campaign. The we learnt amount was approved as a ‘special grant’ for the World Cup, which makes it separate from the budgetary allotment of the Nigeria Football Federation as contained in the 2014 national budget.
A breakdown of the approved sum for the Brazil 2014 campaign shows that the money will not only cover the Super Eagles participation in the finals of the FIFA competition, but will also cover their training programmes in the build-up to the event. The Super Eagles are billed to camp in the United States of America for the Mundial.
The Minister of Sports Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi said, “We are aware of the financial challenges of Nigerian teams while preparing for big events. It is not just about football but sports in general including the Commonwealth Games and the World Youth Olympics also coming up this year. In view of the challenges posed by the budgetary procedure, we had to work ahead to get financial support for the teams in a way that funds will not hinder the entire plans.
He added that President Goodluck Jonathan has ardently followed the problems over the years and that has made it possible for to find a solution that will be favorable to the athletes and their aspirations and the entire country at large.”