NFF responds to graft allegations, says FIFA funds well spent

By Femi Adefioye, Lagos
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has explained how it spent the $801, 929 it received from the world’s football governing body, FIFA.
Reacting to the claims that the monies were not well utilised, the NFF President, Mr. Amaju Pinnick stated that at inception of the Board, the concern for fiscal discipline necessitated its decision to bring in PriceWaterhouseCoopers as its external auditors and Financial Derivatives as financial consultants.
“These are globally –renowned firms with reputation to protect, and we did not hesitate to bring them on board with us. We can also say with every sense of sincerity that they have each been doing a great job.
“In as much as this is supposed to be a confidential matter, as it is not a forensic examination as being touted, we feel a sense of responsibility to provide further details on the programs on which the money was spent. Some persons are already claiming NFF embezzled money; it is unfortunate.” he said.
He added that “We are not averse to the planned audit of our accounts; what we do not welcome is the litany of distractions and dark innuendoes that the whole matter is generating, and its implications for our preparations for the final phase of qualifying for 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.”
Pinnick listed some of the projects the monies were utilised for to include, International Friendly Matches, (Nigeria Vs Cameroon & Congo in Belgium), CHAN Qualifier (Burkina Faso Vs Nigeria), processing of Visa for U17 in Ghana, computer appreciation course.
He also listed outstanding hotel bills to Serob Legacy Hotel, camping and scouting of U17 players as well as supplimenting the funds used for Tanzania Vs Nigeria AFCON qualifier match in Uyo.

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