With barely three days to the all important Super Eagles AFCON 2019 qualifying match against South Africa, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is still expecting the release of fund from the Federal Government to prosecute the game.
The NFF, it was gathered had presented its financial requirement through the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari to the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, who wasted no time in approving the request, but the federation is at loss why the fund has not reached it with few days to the crucial game.
Sources at the NFF said yesterday, that the federation cannot facilitate anything at the moment for the game, since it was yet to receive the amount that has been approved by the federal government for its prosecution.
The Super Eagles are billed to take on the Bafana Bafana of South Africa this Saturday at the Nest of Champions Stadium, Uyo, in one of the qualifying matches for the continental championship.
Our source who pleaded anonymity further revealed that the leadership of the NFF has continued to hope that the fund will be released since the federal government has already given the approval.
“I know that the federation has for over the past two months forwarded the requirements to prosecute this match. I am also aware that the Acting President, being a keen supporter of the national team has approved the money; but unfortunately no dime has been released and we are barely three days away to the very crucial game.
“When the Super Eagles returned from France, we took Alex Iwobi and one other player to pay a visit to the Chief of Staff, who presented our financial request to the Acting President and he wasted no time to approve it. But we are surprised that till this moment, the approved fund is yet to get to the federation and this is seriously affecting our preparations for the match,” regretted a top NFF official.
Recall that the Super Eagles as defending champions failed to qualify for the 2015 edition of the championship after they managed a disappointing 2-2 draw with the South Africans in the last group qualifying match.