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No World Cup jamboree, Minister warns NFF

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No World Cup jamboree, Minister warns NFF

The Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung has warned the Nigeria Football Federation not to flood the country’s contingent to the FIFA World Cup with individuals who have no business in Russia at the expense of the state’ resources.

The Minister said that the NFF was preoccupied with preparation of the team and its officials for the competition and should not be distracted with the award of slots to prospective supporters to Russia.

Dalung said the priority would be given to the team including officials before considering issues of sponsoring individuals. He said: ” We appreciate the desire of Nigerians to travel to Russia and support the team but it is worthy of note that every plan on ground will focus on the welfare of the team and officials before considering issues of sponsoring people to support the team because of economic realities on ground.

“The team having qualified for the World Cup is a Nigerian side therefore, preparation of delegations and mobilisation of support is the exclusive preserve of the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

“I urge the federation to concentrate on its mandate and avoid the distraction of allocation of slots to people interested in traveling to Russia for the World Cup.

“However, any Nigerian with the capacity to travel to Russia to support the Super Eagles is not limited by this advice. “I wish the Super Eagles of Nigeria the best and look forward to an amazing performance in Russia 2018.”

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