The Nigerian government will adequately fund the country’s team to the World Cup Finals in June, the sports minister has assured.
Nigeria qualified for a fifth World Cup appearance in November, last year, but there are serious concerns over delay in the passage of the nation’s 2014 budget which could adversely affect the Super Eagles’ build-up for Brazil 2014.
Nigerian sports minister, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, gave the assurance that the cash would be available for the team in good time.
“The Nigeria football Federation (NFF) has submitted their financial plans to the National Sports Commission (NSC) and we have finished work on it and sent it to the appropriate quarters and we believe that it would receive priority attention.
“I have no doubt in my mind that the plans for the World Cup would go very well.
“We would give all the support that is necessary to the Nigeria Football Federation to succeed because if they succeed, everyone will be happy,” he said.
Nigeria face Mexico on March 5 in a warm-up game and several other tune-up matches are planned for the team.
They plan to set up a training camp in Houston, USA, from May 25.
The African champions are drawn against Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran in the first round of the World Cup, which kicks off in June.