FIFA, through its ‘FIFA Forward Football Development program’, says the NFF and other associations will now receive $750,000 (N212 million) annually for football projects such as competitions, pitches, and women’s football development.
This much needed cash will help the Nigeria Football Federation with sports development in the country.
The world’s football governing body has agreed to ‘significantly increase their financial support for member associations and football development to $5 million per 4-year cycle for each member association from $1.6 million per cycle.
Every association will also receive $500,000 per year for running costs in areas such as administration and governance.
Football confederations such as CAF, UEFA etc will now also receive $40 million per four year cycle . However, the implementation of this monetary programme will commence from June 1, 2017.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday signed a deal for the payment of the new Super Eagles coach’s salary by a consortium of private firms mainly in the oil sector of the Nigerian economy, which was carried out by top officials of the football governing body.
Earlier on Wednesday, the NFF officials released a statement informing the public that they had no agreement with Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on payment of Eagles coach.
This was in a reaction to a story in public domain that the federation had secured the sum of $1.5 million from the NNPC as sponsorship for salaries of the incoming coach.
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Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, said;
“The story is the figment of the imagination of the writers. Nobody in the NFF or NNPC discussed the matter of salary of Eagles’ coach and there is no iota of truth in it.
Of course, we would be happy if the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation can come into Nigeria football, as we are trying to attract more corporate bodies into the Nigeria game. But there has been no discussion between NFF and the NNPC over payment of the new Super Eagles’ Head Coach or technical crew.”