President Bola Tinubu has taken a significant step in settling the financial obligations owed to Nigeria’s national sporting teams, including the Super Eagles. The President has approved the payment of N12 billion, addressing a longstanding backlog for various sports teams.
The payment encompasses the clearance of salaries for senior national team coaches, covering a period of up to 15 months. Additionally, allowances and promises due to the senior national teams, female teams, and the Under-20 national team are part of this comprehensive settlement.
A statement from the X handle of Tinubu’s Media Centre on Sunday highlighted the President’s commitment to supporting and prioritizing the welfare of Nigeria’s sports teams. This initiative is particularly timely as the Super Eagles gear up for their participation in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations scheduled to commence later this month.
In 2020, concerns were raised when the Super Eagles revealed that the Federal Government had not released the approved N1.5 billion for their participation in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Despite finishing third in the tournament, the team faced financial challenges, leading to the diversion of funds initially allocated for the Super Falcons and the Flying Eagles.
Similarly, in January 2022, Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa highlighted the outstanding bonus payments for his teammates. Musa disclosed during a press conference in Abuja that the players were owed bonuses for two games, expressing hope for a resolution through discussions with the coach and officials from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
President Tinubu’s approval of the N12 billion payment signals a positive development for Nigerian sports, providing much-needed financial support to the national teams as they prepare for upcoming competitions.