Reports suggest that the Presidency possibly will set up an inquiry into the alleged ‘reckless’ spending by top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation at the on-going Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Nigeria failed to equal their Brazil 2014 World Cup feat in Russia, following their 1-2 defeat from Argentina on Tuesday.
An official of the sports ministry told The Guardian in St. Petersburg yesterday that the Presidency was not pleased with the ‘bad’ stories emanating from the Super Eagles camp in Russia, adding that Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung had been given strict instruction to look into the different issues.
“The minister saw all these things coming even before we came to Russia. That was why he instructed the NFF to be mindful of the number of people they brought to Russia. Now the Presidency is not happy with the stories coming from here in Russia and the minister has been directed to carry out a thorough investigation into the alleged spending by the NFF in Russia,” the official said.
Also, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick was said to have embarked on a ‘desperate’ move to secure another term in office.
A source close to Pinnick yesterday told The Guardian in St. Petersburg that one of the steps Pinnick took to appease some angry members of the NFF on Wednesday was to give his personal credit card to the Secretary-General of the NFF, Mohammed Sanusi, to settle their hotel bills amounting to $30,000.
“Amaju just wants to return to the football house in the August election, but I doubt if this move will save him because virtually all staff of the NFF and board members are angry with him. He always wants to do everything alone, and that is not good for the system,” the source said.