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Super Eagles NFF deny reports they can’t sponsor World Cup qualifier

According to several reports which included one from CNN, the NFF will not be able to sponsor the Super Eagles to Zambia for the game.

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Amaju Pinnick play NFF president, Amaju Pinnick says they are ready to execute the World Cup qualifier against Zambia (NFF)

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have denied reports that they can’t sponsor the Super Eagles 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia.

The Super Eagles will on Sunday, October 9 face the Chipolopolo in the first match-day of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

According to several reports which included one from CNN, the NFF will not be able to sponsor the Super Eagles to Zambia for the game.

Super Eagles of Nigeria play The Super Eagles of Nigeria will play Zambia on Sunday, October 9 (Twitter/Elderson Echiejile)

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The reports state that the crippled Nigerian economy has made it difficult for the NFF to raise money for the game.

The NFF have, however, released a statement denying the reports.

According to the president of the federation, Amaju Pinnick, plans have already been put in place for the execution of the game.

"We have concluded arrangements on movement to and from Zambia. Any talk of being unable to go is a big lie,” Pinnick is quoted to say by the official Twitter handle of the NFF.

"Some persons have perfected the art of concocting stories they feel people want to read about NFF and passing it off as authentic stories."

 

The NFF need about N121m ($270,000) to execute the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Ndola, Zambia.

Chipolopolo of Zambia play Chipolopolo of Zambia (Open Zambia)

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They need the amount to hire a plane and pay for their hotel stay.

"As we speak, we don't have any kobo (a denomination of Nigeria's naira currency) in our purse," an unnamed member of the NFF told Guardian newspaper.

"The charges for the Airline alone is $200,000 for a 140-seater plane, and it will be on ground with the team for two days," the spokesman added. "We need between $6,000 and $10,000 for flight ticket(s) to bring in the players (from Europe)."

The Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr has released a 23-man squad for the game.

NB: $1=N460

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