First Vice President Nigeria Football Federation, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, has declared that the five hundred thousand dollars given to the federation by the world football governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) is not a Covid 19 palliative as insinuated by some Nigerian sports enthusiasts.
Featuring on the BCOS TV Saturday morning sports program Saturday Breakfast Sports Show, Barrister Akinwunmi said the money is an annual fund due to Nigeria.
He added that the money is meant for the running of football in the country.
Fielding questions on the live T. V programme anchored by Boluwaji Ogunmola and produced by Adewale Tijani, Barrister Akinwunmi hinted that the funds would be spent in accordance with FIFA’s specifications and will be accounted for.
“A lot of people believe the $500,000 we recently got from FIFA is Covid 19 palliative. Actually it is the annual fund due to Nigeria. And it is meant for the running of Nigeria football. It’s not to be shared by stakeholders”, Barrister Akinwunmi explained.
Speaking further, the Lagos FA Chairman also corrected the notion that the clauses inserted in the new contract of the Super Eagles Manager Gernot Rohr were aimed at discouraging the Franco-German from renewing his contract.
“The conditions in the new contract tabled before Rohr are meant to improve his efficiency and productivity. They are also geared at enhancing domestic football and giving home-based players the opportunities to play in the senior national football team”, he said.
Barrister Akinwunmi disclosed that the update on the contract renewals will be announced by the NFF Secretariat at the appropriate time.