Super Eagles will get the cash to fly very high at next year’s World Cup in Russia because it should not be another jamboree by the country, according to chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, Obinna Ogba.
“First, let me congratulate the Super Eagles players, the coaches, staff and management of the Nigeria Football Federation for a job well done,” said Senator Ogba, who was previously on the NFF executive committee.
“Let me also say kudos to all Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and the Speaker House of Representatives for their prayers, moral and material support which has helped to ensure the Super Eagles qualified for their 6th World Cup finals.
“I must say this ticket did not come easy. They fought for it. With this at the back of our minds, I want to say we are not going to Russia for a jamboree.
“And to ensure we don’t go to Russia for a jamboree or to make up the numbers, the team must prepare well to write Nigeria’s name in gold at the World Cup which is remarkably our sixth appearance.
“On our own part as legislators, we will do our best to make sure that we appropriated enough funds for the Super Eagles to prosecute the World Cup.”
He continued: “Thank God the ticket has come early enough.
“Yes, the budget has not come, so it is enough time for the NFF and the Ministry of Sports on their own part should prepare their budget well enough before forwarding same to the National Assembly.
“But I assure you the National Assembly will appropriate well enough funds for to prosecute the World Cup such that funds will not be an issue and the players won’t lack anything”.
Ogba further stressed wherever the Super Eagles will train ahead of the World Cup will be a strict decision of the NFF, adding that the important thing is for the football bosses to do their homework very well in terms of budgeting.
“Whatever budgetary proposal they present to the National Assembly will be properly scrutinised. If it is not enough, we will find how we can augument it”, he emphasised.
By Sab Osuji