The Nigeria Football Federation has debunked what was termed “mischievous rumour” making the rounds that the football federation gave the Golden
Eaglets a measly N20,000 upon their arrival in the country, after the lifting the prestigious FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile a few weeks ago.
Speaking to LEADERSHIP Sports, the NFF director of the communications, Demola Olajire, vehemently debunked the rumour.
“Where is all this coming from? Why will the NFF give them N20,000? Is it for their transportation back home or to take okada? If you say that we are owing them match allowances and bonuses, that is understandable, but when you say that we just handed them N20,000 and sent them on their way, that is utter rubbish.
“They were only told to return on November 29 for a diner with the president, but saying that they were given that amount of money.
“There is nothing like that. We borrowed money here and there to send them to the tournament and we still owe them some match bonuses and all that; we will pay when we receive money for the competition, without question,” Olajire said.
The NFF scribe promised that the cadet Eagles will receive the money “if we get it before the presidential dinner, with a number of presidential goodies in tow” and asked those who run down the NFF to continue doing so, but promised that the football federation will only answer back with its “efficiency” and “clear conscience”.