VENTURES AFRICA – While the dust over the amount of money the Ghana Football Federation plans to spend for the 2013 African Nations Cup (AFCON) is yet to settle, her West African neighbours has followed suit as the Nigeria Football Federation disclosed plans to spend about 4.8 billion naira ($30 million) during Africa’s premier soccer competition
This was disclosed by Musa Amadu, NFF’s general secretary while appearing before the House of Representatives Committee on Sport on Wednesday.
“We made a proposal of 4.8 billion naira for 2013, but we got an envelope of 1.8 billion naira and out of which 1.5 billion naira is for sporting activities,” Amadu said while stating that the football house prosecuted 54 international matches in 2012.
However, in a bid to ensure its oversight function of checks and balances, the committee ordered the NFF general secretary to return next week Tuesday with a detailed copy of the expenditure for 2012 as well as how it plans to spend in 2013.
Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Sports Godfrey Ali Gaya told the NFF general secretary: “We want you to go back and re-present a very detailed submission. And your submission would tell us the breakdown expenditure that you incurred in the 54 matches you have played so far.
“We need you to add whatever sponsorship you have got so far plus what was appropriated to you as a total amount available to you. And for that total amount show us a thorough breakdown of expenditure match-by-match, let it include your ticketing, the bonuses or allowances of players, number of officials taken to the matches. We want to have it within the next seven days.”
Ufuoma Egbamuno is a passionate sports analyst. Presently, he is a sports producer and presenter with Nigeria's first 24 hour news channel, Network News 24 (NN24). He also writes a column for a weekly newspaper, Arsenalfanguide as well as a contributor to the UK tactical analysis site Arsenalcolumn.co.uk.