Where Is Over $5 Million Super Eagles Raked In From Friendlies?
A Special Investigation by www.insideglasshouse.com has shown that in the last eight years more than five Million Dollars have simply grown wings and flown into thin air from a racket around the friendlies the Super Eagles have played.
The Super Eagles generate revenue from most of the friendlies they have played, but the NFF have failed to declare this income even to the Federal Government.
As early as 2011 under the Aminu Maigari-led NFF administration, the Super Eagles commanded $150,000 as appearance fee to play a friendly.
The figure ought to be a lot more 11 years later.
On an average of six friendlies a year, the Eagles played more than 40 such matches in the last eight years.
The Eagles friendlies are meant to pay their way, that means even after the NFF have incurred additional expenses, they can still post a decent profit as the inviting FAs bear the major bills like flight tickets and hotel accommodation.
It is also public knowledge that the NFF equally received funds from the FGN for these friendlies and thus the “double budgeting”.
In the next two weeks, Nigeria will play two such friendlies, first in San Jose against Costa Rica on November 9 and then on November 17 against Portugal in Lisbon.
Both Costa Rica and Portugal are getting set for the World Cup in Qatar and these matches are at their invitation.
NFF exclusive match agent Jairo Pachon has so far outlived two NFF administrations and it is his company Eurodata Sport that has allegedly been used as “a drain pipe” for the cash generated by the Super Eagles from these friendlies.
Pachon’s company has already been fingered in setting up a shell company in Panama to launder these monies.
Former NFF President Amaju Pinnick personally supredented over the Super Eagles “cash cow” for the eight years he headed the football federation.