Pinnick in trouble as Minister of Sports cease NFF allocation

Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung has declared that the Federal Government will not release any more monies to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) unless the Federation gives an account of the ₦1.6 billion granted it for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The money in question was to cover the Super Eagles and the technical crew right up to the quarterfinals even though the team failed to go past the group stage.

“We want the NFF to return this money,” Dalung said.

“The money was for the team right up to the quarterfinals even though they crashed out in the first round.

“This has raised questions about their credibility and government will not release any money to them.”

General Secretary of the NFF, Mohammed Sanusi confirmed they are yet to communicate to the sports ministry how the World Cup funds were spent.

He said the NFF requested that the remaining funds from that amount was used to finance the country’s participation at the recent FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in France as well as the Golden Eaglets campaign at the zonal qualifiers in Niger for the 2019 U17 AFCON.

In reaction to the minister’s statement, the NFF put out a two-page advert in a national newspaper to announce their audited accounts for the outgoing year.