Enterprise Television- Dalung Mobilizes Resources for Super Eagles
The Nigerian Government has thrown its weight behind the mobilization of non-state resources for the participation of the Super Eagles at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia between June 14 and July 15, 2018.
Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, at a Fund Raising Gala night for the Super Eagles noted that preparation and participation of national teams in regional and international sports competitions had sometimes been tainted by funds limits.
Dalung said that the challenges of funding had limited the team’s preparation, welfare and motivation of sportsmen and women, resulting in poor performance and under-achievement. Stating the need to seek alternative funding sources for the teams
A budget for the Super Eagles preparations and participation at the Russia FIFA World Cup final is estimated at N3billion out of which N1.5billion is expected from government, and the balance of N1.5billion is proposed to be generated through fund-raising efforts.
The donors at the event were; AITEO who gave N50m, businessman and Chairman of Atlas Oranto Petroleum, Chief Arthur Eze who donated N25m while Abia and Kano states announced N5m respectively.
Lagos and Kebbi states including Total Nigeria did not publicly disclose their donations.
Three former members of the Super Eagles, Samson Siasia, Waidi Akanni and Augustine Eguavoen in conjunction with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Nigeria Football Federation are leading the fund raising.
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