Super Eagles to get World Cup allowances upfront – Minister

Solomon Dalung

The federal government has said that Super Eagles players will be given all encouragement to excel at next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung said said the team’s allowances would be paid upfront from March next year.

Dalung puts the team expenses at N3 billion.

The minister speaking on the issue with the State House correspondents, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said that out of a conservative budget of about N3 billion, FIFA is going to raise about N900 million.

Other sponsors and partners are also going to put about N600 million, leaving government to raise about N2 billion or N2.5 billion to compliment.

He said, “By March, we intend to start paying the players their allowances and camping allowances upfront. Now, that will go a long way to boost the morale of the players and confidence too. The new method of governance in football has taken the pattern of change. We will also ensure that there is unity within the football family.

“Because unity too is a key factor going by some of the reports we had in the past where poor performances were attributable to lack of unity between the family, the technical team,  the officials and the players.  This unity has to be promoted.

“Finally, we will also ensure that government makes funds available on time.  That has been the reason the budget for the competition has since been sent to the President for a special intervention so that government can make provision for some of the funds we need for training now before other things can come up.”

“Well we have a conservative budget of about N3 billion but out of that N3 billion, FIFA is going to raise about N900 million.  Our sponsors and partners are also going to put about N600 million, government will conservatively raise about N2 billion or N2.5 billion to compliment.

“This time, we also intend to mobilize a very strong federal government delegation that will support the team because game of sports is also about number. The number of people you have on ground can also give support to the players and intimidate the opponents. So, we intend to go with at least a good size of the federal government delegation to give the team support.”

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