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Super Eagles 2014 FIFA World Cup preparation and
participation has received a massive boost with the
approval of N1.6 billion extra budgetary allocation to
the team by the Federal Government. THISDAY checks
revealed Thursday that President Goodluck Jonathan
who is looking forward to a good outing in Brazil from
the senior national football team, the Super Eagles, has
approved the funds expected to be released any
moment from now.
A top government source in Abuja confirmed to
THISDAY yesterday that the money is mainly for the
preparation and participation of the Super Eagles at the
Mundial in the South American nation.
"The Federal Government is committed to the Super
Eagles doing well at the World Cup in Brazil that is why
President Jonathan has approved N1.6billion for the
team. The money is different from whatever the Nigeria
Football Federation (NFF) may have appropriated for
the team in their 2014 budget," revealed the reliable
source Thursday.
Although the money is less than the N2.3billion the
Presidential Task Force on the last World Cup in South
Africa had hope to raise for a successful outing for the
Super Eagles four years ago, football officials who spoke
with THISDAY on the Federal Government's
magnanimity were full of praises for President Jonathan.
"The president has demonstrated his love for the
country's senior football team by approving the money.
This will take the pressure away from the National
Sports Commission and NFF officials who have been
wondering how they were going to fund Eagles
preparations and participation in Brazil 2014," observed
the official who would not want his name in print
because of his post in the nation's sports sector.
Sports Minister, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, is believed to
have played a part in getting the Presidency to approve
the money for the Eagles.
Abdullahi who had earlier voiced his resentment with
setting up another task force like the 2010 committee
headed by Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, in
the drive to raise funds for Nigeria's participation at the
Brazil 2014, is likely to approach Corporate Nigeria for
their support to what the Federal Government has
provided for the Eagles. The left-over of the funds raised
by the Amaechi committee was used to fund the new
NFF secretariat in Abuja.
NFF had earlier tabled a budget of over N5billion for the
busy year 2014. It is far greater than the N1.2billion it
received to run 2013 in which Nigeria won the Africa
Cup of Nations after 19 years of waiting for the trophy
and a fourth FIFA Under-17 World Cup title in the United
Arab Emirates. Eagles also won the bragging rights to
the World Cup in Brazil same year.

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up super Eagle

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Atleast,the money will do little

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yes ofcourse. Hope the W/Cup is ours. Lol

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:yes ofcourse. Hope the W/Cup is ours. Lol
hmmmmm......dat sound bit hard bt there z noting God can't do

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