Dalung Reveals President Buhari Has Approved Funds For Eagles World Cup BidThe growing reports of non availability of funds to pursue Nigeria Super Eagles' quest for a World Cup birth as been put to rest as Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the funds for the tie against Chipolopolo of Zambia.
Fans were shocked when the president of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick said the Eagles may not turn up for the match in Ndola, Zambia, owing to lack of funds.
But in a chat with newsmen Thursday, Dalung said the sports authorities had to run to the president as a last resort, Vanguard writes.
“This situation brought about the need to approach President Buhari for financial assistance,” he said.
The Sports Minister, who said he’ll be among the Nigerian contingent for the Sunday cracker, expressed the belief that the team will deliver the goods despite the distractions.
“There are, of course, international obligations as to some of the allowances, bonuses, money to pay for their flight tickets and insurance before they come. “But right now, all those issues have been sorted out completely.
“Even as we are facing economic challenges, all these have been taken care of because President Buhari has been quite supportive.
“On Sunday, I could not go to church because I had to sit to draft a memo which was taken to the President on Sunday. He approved it for funds to be provided for the team to travel. “That is how serious this government takes sports.”
Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has described the tie as a must win for Nigeria as they battle to claim the sole World Cup ticket in a group that also features former African champions Cameroon and Algeria.
Meanwhile, Dalung quashed reports in the media that the triumphant Paralympians had not been rewarded.
“It is not correct for anybody to assert that they have not been rewarded when he has not done the job of verification very well. The reward for the Paralympians was automatic. “I supervised the payment of bonuses of $5,000 (about N2.5 million) for gold medallists, $3,000 (about N1.5 million) for silver medallists and $2,000 (about N1 million) for bronze medalists,” he said.
“So, those raising the issue that they’ve not been compensated may not be aware.”