By Adebayo Williams
President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has begged the Federal Government to come to the aid of the body. Pinnick, who appeared before the Senate Committee on Sports, said lack of funds had crippled the activities of the Glass House. He said the World Cup qualifier match between the Super Eagles and Zambia was being threatened due to the cash crunch. He told the committee that the team needed money to reserve about 60 to 70 rooms in a hotel for the team and those traveling with them to watch the game. He lamented that the economic recession had crippled support from sponsors making it unavoidable to write to seek government intervention. He said it was five days to the match and the federation was still awaiting a response from the government.
Pinnick told the Senate that money was necessary to ensure a smooth World Cup qualifiers campaign. He said the teams in the group had more money than the Eagles. He said funds are necessary to motivate the team on and off pitch. He also said the Algerians, also in the group, had notified him that they would arrive for their match against Nigeria in two or three private jets.