Government sets up Olympic Trust Fund for athletes
Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, has warned the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that it would be toying with the Super Eagles’ chances of qualifying for the Russia 2018 World Cup if it failed at any time to pay the salary and other entitlements of the senior national team coach, Gernot Rohr, and his assistants.
Dalung, who praised the German tactician for leading Nigeria to success against Zambia and Algeria in the World Cup qualifying campaign, said the ministry was working closely with the NFF to ensure all financial dealings between the football body and the coach is fulfilled.
He added that the ministry has charged the NFF to put measures in place to help Nigerian local coaches understudy the foreign manager, saying that the move would prepare Nigerian to successfully handle more technical games in the future.
Dalung declared that the Super Eagles sterling performance in the 2018 World Cup qualifying series was one of his greatest achievements as sports minister, promised to help in every manner to ensure Nigeria got the Mundial Coupe ticket.
He also revealed that the Sports Ministry would set up an Olympic Trust Fund to raise resources that would ensure that Nigerian athletes are prepared adequately for the 2O20 Tokyo Olympics.
“The ministry is monitoring the NFF closely to ensure Coach Rohr gets all the resources he needs to help the Eagles qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
“To that effect, the ministry has mandated the NFF to ensure a domestic coach monitor the foreign coach for at least two years. The ministry would monitor Rohr’s payment and also work out modalities to settle players entitlements in the 2018 World Cup qualifier.”
On the Olympic Trust Fund, Dalung said it would be open to the public to support the government in raising money early for Nigerian athletes’ preparation for events.
“If this initiative succeeded, Nigerian athletes would no longer begin training for Olympics just a few months to the event. They would enjoy long training process within Africa and overseas, which would enable our athletes compete favourably with their foreign counterparts,” he said.