A week after, Solomon Dalung sends his message to Bendel Insurance

The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung has congratulated players and officials Bendel Insurance FC of Benin over the success they recorded the NNL super 8 and promotion to the Nigeria premier league, NPFL. The minister who was in Benin on Monday to inspect sports facilities ahead of the National Sports Festival to be hosted by Edo, also tasked players of the Benin Arsenal to ensure discipline and to always play as a team in order to do well at the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and as well remain there.

Dalung addressed the players at the University of Benin Sports Complex during their evening training. The minister was at the university sports complex for inspection of the facility which will be part of the venues to support the reconstructed Samuel Ogbemudia stadium in hosting the 2020 sports festival.
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“Make sure you play together as a team to attain your goal as professional footballers and I urge you all to watch the video clips of great footballers in the world and perfect your skills.
“Ensure that you have a role modern you are emulating and looking up to, it will help you achieve your desired dreams, ” He emphasized.Image result for bendel insurance super 8

The minister however called on management of the club to prioritise the welfare of players and officials and to also improve on it, in order to make them consentrate and avoid distractions of any kind. Speaking on behalf of the team, the Captain , Charles Omokaro thanked the minister for his words of encouragement, and promised to adhere to the minister’s advice.

Sports Minister inspect Facilities ahead of Edo 2020

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, on Monday in Benin City commended the Government of Edo State for its preparedness to host the 20th edition of the National Sports Festival billed for 2020. The Sports Minister who paid an unscheduled visit to the state to assess the level of work going on at facilities earmarked for the Games now being referred to as “Benin 2020”, was full of plaudits for the state. Some of the sports facilities visited by the minister include; the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin Technical College sports ground as well as the University of Benin Sports Complex.

“I must confess that from what I have seen on ground, the Edo State Government is more prepared for the hosting of the National Sports Festival than I had imagined. “Of course, there is still the need for some touches here and there but that is where the Federal Government comes in because the National Sports Festival is a Federal Government event. Even the University of Benin from the facilities I see on ground, can successfully host the games and I seize the opportunity to commend the founding fathers of the institution for this great initiative.

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“I am totally happy with all the locations visited here in Benin-City”, the minister declared.Asked to comment on the renovation work done so far on the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Dalung said he was more than satisfied. “The contractor has already assured me that the stadium will be ready by April. The stadium from what I have seen is capable of becoming the best in the country but I have already advised the Edo State Government not to compromise quality. The stadium is going to become not only a state monument but also a national monument hence the need to emphasize the use of quality materials and products”, the minister stated.

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Responding on behalf of the Edo State Government, the Chairman of the Edo State Sports Commission, Godwin Dudu-Orumen, re-iterated the readiness of the state to host the best National Sports fFestival. He said the state will leave no stone unturned to achieve this.

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“The Governor Godwin Obaseki led administration is already re-constructing the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium to international standard and we are building 20 mini stadia in the 18 local governments areas of the state. “We not only want to host the games, we want it to be the best ever since the inception of the games and you can be rest assured that we are going to put every machinery in place to achieve that,” stressed the Edo Sports Commission boss.Edo State was awarded the hosting rights for the 20th National Sports Festival at the close of the 19th edition which was held in Abuja last December.

Dalung ‘adds another feather to his cap’ as National Stadium gets a look into from FG

Sports ministry, Barrister Solomon Dalung has disclosed that financing of rehabilitation and renovation of Lagos National Stadium has been placed in the 2019 federal budget of Nigeria.
Dalung is looking forward to a return of top-flight soccer action to The Centre of Excellence, as he believes the once busy ‘Sports City’ will again come alive after the budget approval.Image result for national stadium lagos

While also hinting that the private sector and corporate bodies would also be involved in the project, Dalung stressed that getting the arena back to its old self would prove Lagos State with various benefits. Dalung declared: ”I have not given up on the renovation of the National Stadium because we are still running a concession process.Image result for national stadium lagos“We only have some budgetary constraints but we have included the final phase in the budget of 2019. Once the budget is passed, we will pick up again because for me, we must fix the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos. If we fix the place, you cannot imagine the number of young people that will be employed as a result.Image result for national stadium lagos

“It will improve the economy of Lagos State. (So, we hope) that we can move the private sector to invest and transform it. One of the things that I’m determined to do before I leave office is to ensure the conclusion of the concession of some of these projects.”

Former Super Eagle coach supports Dalung over payment of Eagles’ bonuses

Former Super Eagles coach Adegboye Onigbinde and former Eagles midfielder Mutiu Adepoju have differed on the decision of the sports ministry to directly pay the senior national teams’ allowances rather than through the Nigeria Football Federation.

Image result for Adegboye OnigbindeSports minister Solomon Dalung in a recent interview with Channels Sports said the ministry would undertake the payment of the allowances of the Super Falcons and the Eagles at the 2019 Women’s World Cup and the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations rather than give the money to the NFF – as was previously done. Dalung said the NFF had failed to follow the rules and accused the federation of not paying enough attention to the welfare of the national teams’ players.

Related imageOnigbinde said the minister was right to undertake the payment of the national teams but Adepoju told our correspondent that the minister’s decision was an aberration. Onigbinde said, “Under the FIFA Statutes, a football body – from the local football associations, clubs to the national associations – should be independent and constituted through democratic means. However, Nigeria’s case is very different. The NFF has shown many times that they depend on the ministry – which should naturally just be a body discovering talents for the various sports federations –for funds.

Image result for mutiu adepoju“If the minister believes that the best decision is to pay the national teams directly from the ministry’s purse, then it will be in contravention of the FIFA rules. But this is Nigeria where we get away with many things. But it can help to avoid the problems associated with bonus payment in the national teams – but it is not the right way to do things.”
But Adepoju said the decision was not in line with global best practices.
“There is no where it is done in the world – that the sports ministry will be paying the allowances of the national teams. This is because the national teams are the exclusive properties of the NFF and they are responsible for their welfare and payment. What the ministry can do is to assist the federation with funds and ensure that it is properly spent – not taking over the duty of the NFF.”

Sports Minister Dalung and NFF President Pinnick at war over World Cup money

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, has lamented that the leadership of the federation was harassed like bunch of criminals following accusation that it failed to account for the N1. 6 billion 2018 World Cup budget. Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, a week ago, threatened that government would not release more funds to the Pinnick-led NFF until it duly accounts for the money granted it for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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But in what appeared to be a riposte to the minister’s threat, Pinnick, who spoke yesterday on Channel TV, said himself, the NFF Vice President Shehu Dikko, General Secretary Dr Sanusi Mohammed and Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) Dr Mohammed Salihu, were portrayed as bunch of criminals over the money.

A document released by NFF during the Yuletide puts the summary of the World Cup expenses at about N1. 5 billion. But some of the retired items were not related to the FIFA World Cup campaign. NFF said it ‘borrowed’ about $448,000 from the money for the U-20 women team, to prosecute Super Eagles versus Seychelles Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Victoria in September last year and for the U-17 male team continental campaign in Niger Republic. It said the money would be returned.

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Pinnick described the allegation of misapplication of the World Cup money as unfortunate, saying that the Sports Minister was listening to too many people. “I don’t know where this is coming from, but I pray to God to open our eyes for us to know who are our friends and enemies. I pray every day to God not to destroy our enemies but to let change them,” Pinnick said.

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The NFF president, who is also the CAF Vice President, admitted that many of the Russia 2018 World Cup activities were funded outside the government’s approved budget. He disclosed that the federation used money it sourced from its sponsors to organise all World Cup warm up matches for the Super Eagles.

These high profile friendly matches were against Argentina, Serbia, Poland and Congo Democratic Republic. He also claimed that they sourced about $800,000 from Coca Cola and some other corporate sponsors. Pinnick said they used the realised money to reimburse the former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh, the players and other coaches that participated in the World Cup qualifying campaign.

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“But looking beyond that, the situation was not about the World Cup. For the first time, our World Cup preparation was faultless. Nobody talked about the money $2.8 million that was given to the Super Eagles as bonuses. Nobody talked scandal, nobody talked about retirement. And the friendly matches before the World Cup. Where did the fund come from? Admit we got $1.5m from FIFA to ensure that we did not just participate but have a decent and flawless preparation,” Pinnick said.

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He also revealed that the national team travelled aboard the same charter flight that took Liverpool to the final of the UEFA Champions League. The flight lifted the national team from Lagos-London-Austria- Russia. The NFF president said the federation would not join words with Dalung but were particular about their integrity and the bond with their sponsors.

“There is nothing anyone can do, to our sponsors that will discourage them from sponsoring us. They conducted their own security and integrity test on the principals and management of NFF before doing business with us. If detractors think they are trying to discourage our sponsors by this innuendoes, falsehood –it is unfortunate because there is nothing you will tell FIFA about Pinnick or Dikko on our integrity,” Pinnick restated.

Pinnic Set For 2019 Jail Term, Over Mis-Managed World Cup Funds

The president of the Nigerian Football Federation(NFF) Amaju Pinnick has been on the verge of smashing jails terms, following the Unremitted allocated funds for the maintenance of the Super Eagles during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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Breaking Times had last week reported how the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung had threatened officials of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF to retire world cup money or risk going to jail over the sum of N1.6 billion allegedly released to Amaju Pinnick to cover its expenditure up to the quarterfinals of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

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without Approval from the ministry of sports and the federal government, the NFF was earlier reported to have spent the money on other football sporting activities, which Mr. Solomon Dalung has disregarded due to the NFF not providing accurate records and proof on how the money was spent.

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However, fresh documents obtained has shown the clear admission of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) admitting to having misapplied and misappropriated the sum of N1,372,996,192.40 while disclosing that Ambassador Chris Giwa spent N140million during his short stay at the NFF during the crisis. In the one-page document signed by Mohammed Cheku Salihu, the Director Finance and Administration, endorsed with the official stamp of the Office of the President NFF Abuja titled: ‘retirement of World Cup funds’ there were 16 items.

See break down below:

  1. Daily allowances for players/officials ($126,771)
  2. Appearance fee for 3 friendly matches ($327,000)
  3. Return tickets for players/officials ($246,000)
  4. Daily allowances for competitions proper (15 days) at ($142,000)
  5. Estacode for the delegation including advance party ($613,858)
  6. Hotel accommodation ($200,000)
  7. Local transportation of delegates ($150,000)
  8. Team and delegation insurance ($286,000)
  9. Matches tickets and others ($150,000)
  10. Winning bonus for players/officials (prelim) ($1,392,000)
  11. Return tickets for players for Russia (187,600)

However, another source has said that; most claims recorded by the NFF President Amaju Pinnick and its cabal might not be correct, as it is clearly written that the world football governing body FIFA takes care of major expenses concerning the Continental Tournaments.

Misapplication of funds: Four items are in clear obstructions of the nation’s financial regulation. The items had been a label of ‘borrowed.’ They are:

  1. Borrowed for U-20 women team (to be returned) ($168,500)
  2.  Borrowed for U-20 women team (to be returned) ($68,500)
  3. Borrowed for Super Eagles Seychelles (to be returned) ($158,000)
  4. Borrowed for U-17 to Niger (to be returned) ($54,615)

These four items total the sum of $749,615. One item that is not certain is in the original approval for the World Cup expenditure is that which is titled ‘others’ which has an expenditure of $300,000. The silent revelation was lodged on the lower side of the page which was scripted as “monies left in the account (spent by Amb. Giwa). The value is N140,000,000.00” By admittance, of the N1.5billion released by the Federal Government, the 16 items listed in the retirement document, $4,470,844.00 was spent which was calculated at N307.00 to the Dollar amounting to N1,372,996,192.40. If the money spent by Ambassador Chris Giwa is added, that leaves a total of N1,512,996,192.40. The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick seems to be fighting a battle of survival as sources close to him said that his pillar at the Villa has left the NFF supremo in the limbo.

Pinnick, CAF top guns discuss Russia 2018

Amaju pinnic would likely have a question to answer, as the allegation played on him and his team looks to pose a strong back up from Mr. Solomon Dalung and other sources. this looks to have a tough implication when the federal government finally takes up the charges.

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Solomon Dalung ready to slam NFF, insists it ‘must account’ for World cup fund

Sports minister, Solomon Dalung is not relenting in his efforts to know how the sum of N1.6 billion allegedly released to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to cover its expenditure up to the quarterfinals of the Russia 2018 World Cup was spent. The Super Eagles crashed out in the group stage, following a 2-1 defeat to Argentina.With the NFF said to owe its workers five months salaries, the sports minister is insisting that government would not release more funds to the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF until it duly accounts for the N1.6 billion granted them for the 2018 World Cup.

Image result for Solomon DalungAccording Sports247.com, the inability of the NFF to retire the amount long after Russia 2018 World Cup ended in July has raised questions about the credibility of NFF financial spending. The report quoted the NFF Secretary General Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, confirming that they were yet to communicate to the sports ministry on how the World Cup cash was spent.

Image result for Solomon DalungThe NFF was said to have used the outstanding funds from the Russia 2018 World Cup to finance Nigeria’s participation at the recent FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France, as well as Golden Eaglets campaign at the zonal qualifiers in Niger for the 2019 U-17 AFCON without seeking clearance from the sports ministry. Sports247.com further stated that the NFF, in its bid to out smart the sports minister, quickly put up a two-page advert in a national newspaper to announce its audited accounts for the outgoing year. The action is said to have further miffed Dalung and top officials in the sports ministry.

Related imageSanusi refused to pick calls put across to him by The Guardian yesterday. Meanwhile, some ex-officials of the Super Falcons have threatened to approach the senate to demand their winning bonuses two years after leading the team to defeat Senegal 2-0 to qualify for Cameroon 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations. The Falcons qualified for the 10th Africa Cup of Nations by beating Senegal 2-0 in a return fixture in April 2016 after a 1-1 draw in Dakar. But two years after, the winning bonus of $5,000 for the players and $10,000 for the coach is said to be ‘hanging’ in the NFF secretariat, after the sports ministry had allegedly made the money available to the NFF to be paid to the players and their coaches.

Revealed! Why Amaju Pinnick may soon go to prison

Solomon Dalung has threatened to send NFF officials to jail if they fail to retire the money given to them to finance the Russia 2018 World Cup. The amount is in the region of N1.6 billion. It was allegedly released to  Amaju Pinnick  to cover expenditure up to the quarterfinals of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

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An online Sports medium  Sports247.com,  reported that the inability of the NFF to retire the amount long after Russia 2018 World Cup ended in July has raised questions about the credibility of NFF financial spending. The Super Eagles crashed out in the group stage, following a 2-1 defeat to Argentina.

NFF President, Amaju Pinnick ends the match with a smile

With the NFF said to owe its workers five months salaries, the sports minister is insisting that government would not release more funds to the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF until it duly accounts for the N1.6 billion granted them for the 2018 World Cup. The report quoted the NFF Secretary General Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, confirming that they were yet to communicate to the sports ministry on how the World Cup cash was spent.

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Sports247.com further stated that the NFF, tried to out smart the sports minister,by putting up a two-page advert in a national newspaper to announce its audited accounts for the outgoing year. The action which did not go well with top officials of the Sports Ministry. The Guardian newspaper reported that  NFF was said to have used the outstanding funds from the Russia 2018 World Cup to finance Nigeria’s participation at the recent FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France, as well as Golden Eaglets campaign at the zonal qualifiers in Niger for the 2019 U-17 AFCON without seeking clearance from the sports ministry.

Dalung Blasts Pinnick, NFF Over Unremitted World Cup Funds

Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung has accused the president of the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) Amaju Pinnick and his Cabals of not retiring the 2018 FIFA World Cup N1.6 billion funds or risk going to jail.

Dalung believes the funds were misused and wasn’t accounted for, following the Super Eagle’s early departure from the Competition at the group stage.

An online Sports medium  Sports247.com reported that the inability of the NFF to retire the amount long after Russia 2018 World Cup ended in July has raised questions about the credibility of NFF financial spending. The report quoted the NFF Secretary General Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, confirming that they were yet to communicate to the sports ministry on how the World Cup cash was spent. Sports247.com further stated that the NFF tried to outsmart the sports minister, by putting up a two-page advert in a national newspaper to announce its audited accounts for the outgoing year. The action which did not go well with top officials of the Sports Ministry.

 

The Guardian newspaper reported that  NFF was said to have used the outstanding funds from the Russia 2018 World Cup to finance Nigeria’s participation at the recent FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France, as well as Golden Eaglets campaign at the zonal qualifiers in Niger for the 2019 U-17 AFCON without seeking clearance from the sports ministry.

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Amaju Pinnick at war with Dalung as Sports ministry is set to probe NFF

Sports minister, Solomon Dalung is set to probe the NFF as he wants to know how the sum of N1.6 billion allegedly released to the Nigeria Football Federation to cover its expenditure up to the quarterfinals of the Russia 2018 World Cup was spent.

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The Super Eagles crashed out in the group stage, following a 2-1 defeat to Argentina.With the NFF said to owe its workers five months salaries, the sports minister is insisting that government would not release more funds to the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF until it duly accounts for the N1.6 billion granted them for the 2018 World Cup.

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According Sports247.com, the inability of the NFF to retire the amount long after Russia 2018 World Cup ended in July has raised questions about the credibility of NFF financial spending.The report quoted the NFF Secretary General Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, confirming that they were yet to communicate to the sports ministry on how the World Cup cash was spent.

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The NFF was said to have used the outstanding funds from the Russia 2018 World Cup to finance Nigeria’s participation at the recent FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France, as well as Golden Eaglets campaign at the zonal qualifiers in Niger for the 2019 U-17 AFCON without seeking clearance from the sports ministry.

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The NFF, in its bid to out smart the sports minister, quickly put up a two-page advert in a national newspaper to announce its audited accounts for the outgoing year. The action is said to have further miffed Dalung and top officials in the sports ministry.
Sanusi refused to pick calls put across to him by The Guardian yesterday.Meanwhile, some ex-officials of the Super Falcons have threatened to approach the senate to demand their winning bonuses two years after leading the team to defeat Senegal 2-0 to qualify for Cameroon 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.

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The Falcons qualified for the 10th Africa Cup of Nations by beating Senegal 2-0 in a return fixture in April 2016 after a 1-1 draw in Dakar. But two years after, the winning bonus of $5,000 for the players and $10,000 for the coach is said to be ‘hanging’ in the NFF secretariat, after the sports ministry had allegedly made the money available to the NFF to be paid to the players and their coaches.