Former director at the ministry of sports, Abba Yola has queried the continued claim by the Nigeria Football Federation that they are broke and therefore cannot afford to meet their financial obligations to the various national teams.
The NFF under the leadership of Amaju Pinnick has come under intense scrutiny after they failed to pay the bonuses and allowances due the Super Falcons,Pinnick: which forced the team to stage a street protest to the National Assembly.
But Yola has questioned the continued claim, and has suggested the NFF should explain what they have done with the monies they have already earned from sponsors and received from the federal government.
“This N1.1b (government’s subvention to the NFF for 2016) is just for overhead, capital and other charges,”.
“Federal Government releases money for participation in World Cup, Nations Cup etc., separately and as the need arises.
“Ordinarily one would have thought that N1.1b would be substantially enough for payment of salaries, capital projects if any and other sundry expenditures of the NFF.
“They requested for N24m and $840,000 for the Super Falcons’ participation AWCON. This amount is not coming from the N1.1b budgetary allocation ditto for all finals that our team is participating at. So what are they talking about?
“We all know FIFA and CAF does not give federations funds to participate in their organized competitions but what about monies from marketing, partnerships and sponsorships?
“The truth is that they have enough money but are always in the habit of misapplication when it comes to spending of such monies.
“The books don’t favour any explanation on NFF’s Financial Profile. God help Nigerian Sports,” Yola wrote on Facebook.