6 December 2017

Nigeria: Super Eagles to Start Getting Camp Allowances From March, Says Dalung

Abuja — Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung has revealed that Super Eagles' players will from March next year begin to get their camp allowances ahead of the Russia World Cup slated to kick off in June 2018.

The Minister told State House Correspondents yesterday that a proposal of about N3 billion has already been forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari for approval to enable the team and the technical crew start preparation in earnest for the competition.

Fielding questions after a closed-door meeting with President Buhari at Presidential Villa, Abuja, Dalung said the Nigerian national team was ready to beat Argentina again and discredit the notion that the Super Eagles were going to the World Cup as the underdog going by FIFA ranking.

He said that the sports ministry placed high premium on the welfare of players and the technical crew, having discovered that welfare had always become the problem of the team.

" Nigeria falls within Group D and we appear to be the under dog going by the ranking of the teams. But I think ranking is more or less a paper job... what is very important is how you will perform. I believe that we are comfortable with the team because having tested Argentina, which is a highly ranked team in the group, we can say confidently that with good work, good training, good welfare for the players and team spirit, we will top that group going by the disposition of our national team.

"Some people, who have been arguing that Argentina did not present their best in the friendly game against us, but we also have some players we didn't invite and we also intend to invite them. It is an issue that would be determined practically by the level of preparation of the Nigerian team. Don't forget that the Nigerian team had enjoyed a formidable home support and they are inspired to deliver."

Dalung said the team will play "more friendlies to try to determine our strength and areas of improvement before the final competition."

On what the government was doing to ensure that the Super Eagles reached the final and clinch the cup, he said, "When you have a problem, for you to successfully address your problem, you have to review the history of your problem.


Alarm Over Rise in Skin Bleaching Among Nigerians

Worried by the increase in skin bleaching among Nigerians and unregulated sale of bleaching agents in the country,… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2017 The Guardian. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.