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NFF targets N2b for 2018 W’Cup

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) plans to raise N2 billion for Super Eagles 2018 World Cup preparation and participation.

To achieve this target, the federation intends to get at least 20 blue chip companies that will each give the federation N100 million.

With 20 companies agreeing to this sponsorship, the federation will raise N2 billion that will take care of the team’s preparation, players’ allowances, winning bonuses and other expenses.

Amaju Pinnick, NFF President, who disclosed this in Lagos on Monday, noted that some companies have already keyed into the project naming Aiteo, NNPC, CBN, FIRS and NDDC as some of these companies.

He promised that whatever money raised by the federation would be judiciously utilized, saying that after the World Cup, whatever was left unspent would be geared towards the development of the game through the provision of facilities across the country.

“We want to have a legacy, something to point to that will remind us of our participation in World Cup in Russia,” he said.

Pinnick revealed that Nigerian football has received global acceptability and recognition hence FIFA will hold its next executive summit in Nigeria in February 2018.

“Nothing less than 45 FA chairmen will be in the country apart from FIFA executive members. As I am talking to you, FIFA inspection team is inspecting Sheraton Hotel in Lagos and other hotels for the purpose of the summit.”

Pinnick assured that Super Falcons would be the next focus of the federation, saying that, the same treatment that was accordend the Super Eagles would be extended to them.

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