Funds have been approved by President Buhari for the Super Eagles’ Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Zambia on Sunday, according to the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung.
The minister who made the disclosure in a visit to the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja said the ministry of sports and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) were having challenges with finance, hence the need to meet with the president for financial assistance.
“We are prepared for participation in Zambia. I will be travelling along with the team to give them the moral and physical support, as they kick-start their campaign. I don’t think that if I would be travelling with the team, the position would still seem unclear”, Dalung said.
“One thing Nigerians would need to know more is that in competitions like this, some of the players are coming from outside the country and there are of course international obligations, including allowances, bonuses, money you need to pay their tickets, insurance before they come, even those issues have been sorted out completely.
“I think that yes we are facing economic challenges, but the President has been quite supportive. On Sunday, I could not go to church. I had 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.”
The Super Eagles will face the Chipolopolo of Zambia on Sunday in a Match Day 1 fixture in Group B of the Final Round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.