The funding for the Nigerian Super Eagles has suffered to the point that it risks World Cup disqualification. The team has had its bonuses suspended for six months and the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) now says it is so broke that it cannot afford to fly the players to Zambia for next month’s qualifier.
A top official of NFF was quoted as saying: “We need about N85m to take care of the match against Zambia on October 9, but as we speak, we don’t have any kobo in our purse.
We have appealed to Globacom to come to our aid by footing the bills. We are still waiting for response from the FG. The charge for the Airline alone is $200,000 for a 140-seater plane, and it will be on ground with the team for two days.
We need between $6,000 and $10,000 for flight ticket to bring in the players. Their bonuses alone are within the range of N30m. We don’t have any kobo in our purse right now, hence the need for us to approach Glo to come to our aid.”