The Nigeria Football Federation has expressed deep appreciation to the Federal Government for its support towards Sunday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between the Super Eagles and Zambia’s Chipolopolo in Ndola.
Hours before the delegation was due to fly out from Abuja to Ndola, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick said that the body has reasons to be grateful to the Government.
“We want to thank the Federal Government for its usual support and particularly for the support this time towards executing this FIFA World Cup qualifying match. I must specially commend the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung for his efforts.
“Now, we have money to pay the outstanding bonuses and allowances of the players and team officials and we have no problem fulfilling our part of the bargain for this match.
“As we fly out to Ndola, we want to also thank all football loving Nigerians for their huge support all the time and we ask for their prayers for success for the Super Eagles on Sunday,” said Pinnick.
Sunday’s potentially explosive encounter at the Levy Nwanawasa Stadium will be the first World Cup qualifying clash between the Super Eagles and the Chipolopolo, who have met 16 times previously, with Nigeria edging the record with six wins, five draws and five losses.
NFF confirmed that apart from the 23 players and 15 team officials that will be in Zambia, there will be some top officials of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, some members of the National Assembly, few members of the NFF Executive Committee and Management, some NFF staff and some stakeholders including media representatives.