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Nigeria, Chad Match To Gulp N120m

Posted: Jun 4, 2015 at 9:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Super Eagles’ 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifying match against Chad on June 13, 2015 is to cost the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) N120 million.

The high cost of the match is blamed on the invitation of 15 foreign-based players by Head Coach, Stephen Keshi.

Only last week, Keshi invited the 15 foreign players for the match and eight indigenous based.

The money will cover the players return ticket (even if most of them are already holidaying in the country), winning bonus, camp allowances, accommodation, feeding and other sundry expenses.

NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, who revealed this on Wednesday in Lagos, said that the NFF had approved the money for the match.

Pinnick, also revealed that the country would save not less than $4 million (N800 million) yearly from the contract signed with NIKE recently, even as he revealed that the contract was subject to review.

“No contract is sacrosanct. It is subject to review depending on our performance.”

According to him, Nigerians should not concern themselves only with the worth of the contract but with what the country stands to gain if it had not entered into the contract with Nike.

According to him, the NFF would have spent the said amount on buying jerseys for all the national teams on international assignment.

“It was when I signed money to buy jerseys for one of the national teams, that I realised we must get a kit sponsor since adidas was no longer interested in doing business with us.

“We negotiated the contract from the point weakness because many of the kit manufacturers were not read to do business with Nigeria because of the image abroad. It was a bad one, despite that the last three years was a glowing one for the country.”

“We won the Africa Cup of Nations, the FIFA U-17 World Cup and qualified for all FIFA organised tournaments,” noted Pinnick.