FIFA accuses NFF of ‘stealing players’ allowances’; ex-international angry with football body


Former Super Eagles defender, Sam Sodje, has expressed discontent over comment by Fatma Samoura, Secretary-General of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), disparaging the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF)

Samoura had reportedly told Super Falcons in their dressing room, that FIFA decided to pay their prize money directly to them rather than through the NFF.

This is contained in statement signed by Sodje on Wednesday in Warri.

Sodje, a former Tottenham Hotspur FC of England player and former Special Adviser on Sports to former Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, said the  comment was uncalled for.

“I read with  shock, the statement purportedly made by Samoura in the dressing room of the Super Falcons  at the ongoing Women`s World Cup.

“A FIFA official need not make this disparaging statement openly because those who were in charge of football administration in Nigeria should have been sanctioned when it noticed it,“ he said.

He said it was disrespectfully for her to castigate and implicate Nigeria, a nation that has contributed so much to football without investigating the genesis of this problem.


“The Federation Secretary should understand that Nigeria as a country, has very serious and honest sports administrators that can hold their position anywhere in the world.


“What Nigeria and in fact Africa need now is encouragement and not castigation.


“FIFA needs to respect Nigeria and Africa because we, as a nation and a continent, have contributed so much to world football and the growth of FIFA as an organisation,” he said. 


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