The Nigeria Football Federation has described as total falsehood, a report in “a noxious online publication” that it has received the $1.5million promised by world football –governing body, FIFA to all its member associations, as palliative for the coronavirus pandemic which has ravaged the world this year.
“The FIFA Council approved the sum of $1.5million for each of its Member Associations as palliative for the coronavirus pandemic (COVID19) around the month of July 2020. Yet, the writer said the money was paid in May 2020!
“The report is outright falsehood and yet another pathetic display of ignorance on the part of the writer. The NFF has only received the $500,000 meant for the women’s game, and this fact is very easy to cross-check. A simple mail to FIFA would have cleared this issue,” NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi said on Monday.
“FIFA COVID19 palliative is totally different from Operational Cost (annual grant) money and is also not the same thing as FIFA Forward money. However, in the haste to, once more, go to town with something negative, the writer failed to establish the critical difference between FIFA annual grant and FIFA COVID19 palliative. It is a case of criminal defamation that the NFF will not take lightly,” Sanusi said.