NFF-LOGO

By Andrew Abah, Abuja

The Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF) has said the $960,000 released by FIFA to the Federation was meant for preparation for the just concluded FIFA Women’s World Cup and not to pay players’ allowances for qualifying matches.

The President of the NFF, Ibrahim Gusau, made this known while appearing before an ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives tasked to look into the non-payment of allowances to members of the Super Falcons.

Gusau said the Glass House used the money for camping of players and friendly matches. He revealed that the auditors o the World Football Governing body would have red carded it,  if NFF had used the money to pay allowances for qualifier matches.

“All the 32 nations that qualified for the World Cup were given $960,000 each for preparation for the World Cup.

“In January, we organized a training tournament of four nations Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica and Nigeria. Every team used FIFA preparation money. The team was camped in Mexico and they were there for 13 days. In March, they were in Turkey for another training camp.

“The money was not given for the welfare of players but for preparing the team. We paid them allowances as per the tournament they participated in. We cannot use the preparation money to pay outstanding qualifying matches.’ READ ALSO: