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Suspension of grants: ‘we’re yet to get FIFA’s letter’ says NFF

By Femi Adefioye, Lagos
The Nigeria Football Federation has reacted to publications indicating that the world’s football governing body, FIFA has suspending disbursement of annual grants of $1.5m to it.
In a statement obtained from the website of the NFF on Saturday, the football body described the assertion as a lie.
A popular sport news agency had on Saturday claimed that FIFA had stopped the disbursement of the grant to Nigeria after seeing ‘traces of corruption’ and issued a so-called final warning to the NFF on financial management.
Reacting, NFF wrote that “Nothing could be farther from the truth. We have never received any information from FIFA talking about ‘traces of corruption’ in our submission with regards to the audit query of last year.
“The only information FIFA has provided to the NFF since the audit query is that they are keen to look at performance improvement areas in which FIFA and NFF might jointly work on going forward.
“Amazingly, this same matter affects so many Member Associations in Africa, as a result of the new financial and governance reforms in FIFA. It is only in Nigeria that the issue has been sensationalized beyond normal.”

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