Super Eagles To Get Russia 2018 Camping Allowances Upfront- Dalung

Minister of Youth and Sports Development Solomon Dalung has diclosed that players and officials of the Nigerian Super Eagles team would be paid their camping allowances upfront for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament holding from Jun. 14 to Jul. 15, 2018.

He said “The Federal Government of Nigeria has mobilised and has overcome some of the common obstacles that usually characterised our preparation.

“Our team would have their camping allowances even paid upfront so that we eliminate the crisis of allowances in camps.

“Bonuses are progressive with performance, that one we are also sure that they will do well in it.

“We have also kept the team together and the leadership, and maintain harmony in their football family to be able to give Nigeria victory.

“One thing remains very sure, with the qualification of Nigeria, the country has made a statement that she is not going to Russia as a mere spectator.

“We are contenders that the world should watch out for,’’ Dalung said.

Nigeria would be facing former World Champions, Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in Group D, but Dalung said there was no cause for alarm as Nigeria was prepared to face the challenge.

Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung Steps Grand Style For Street Parade (photos)

Despite the ongoing economic recession, it seems our Nigerian politicians will always find a way to out smiles on our faces by doing all sort of things. The minister for youths and sports, Solomon Dalung stunned everyone in Plateau state as he stepped out in an animal skin outfit for a street parade.

Minister Solomon Dalung took to his Facebook handle to post pictures of his traditional attire with the caption:

He posted the pictures of him and other people walking on the streets with the caption: “The Plateau Cultural Carnival 2017, one of the biggest festivals ever. Youth & sports minister leads the procession of cultural troupes.”

The Plateau Cultural Carnival 2017, One of the biggest festivals ever. Youth & sports minister leads the procession of cultural troupes.


Don’t Lose Hope In Nigeria, Buhari Urges Youths

President Muhammadu Buhari has enjoined youths in the country not to lose hope despite the myriad of challenges facing Nigeria even as the Sports Minister Solomon Dalung, denied that Nigeria was never prepared for the victory of the Super Falcons.
The President who was speaking in reference to the unpaid bonuses and allowances to the Super Falcons said notwithstanding the federal government’s failure to offset the unpaid allowances, there was reason for hope in nation.
Playing host to the National Planning and Implementation Committee on the 2016 National Youth Open Water Swimming Competition in Aso Villa yesterday, he specifically urged youths in the country to “be up and doing in order to show Africa and the rest of the world that our size and number is not for nothing.”
Leader of the committee, Senator Kabiru Gaya highlighted the objectives of the competition which include: To raise a pool of responsive young Nigerian swimmers; to discover hidden talents and breed future stars and professionals to represent Nigeria in international swimming competitions; to promote cohesion, national peace, unity and security among youths.

Meanwhile, the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, yesterday withdrew his comment insisting that the Federal Government was committed to the success of the Falcons and sports development in the country generally.
“May I conclude by trying to put into proper perspective an impression that has made national headlines to the effect that the Federal Government was not anticipating the victory of the Falcons and so could not have planned for it.
“This statement was attributed to myself. I want to categorically state that this is a statement taken out of context. And I cannot imagine or reconcile how.
“The commitment of the federal government to the support of the Falcons is indeed overwhelming. “That explains why the Vice President himself had to abandon his tight schedule to visit the players in camp that is evidence of preparations for victory.
“The federal government was prepared because it has records of the antecedents of the performance of the players. “The challenges we have today which has to do with their welfare is being given attention. We are working around the clock to see how to raise fund to address the issue of their bonuses,” Dalung noted.

We Will Resume On Monday – Chris Giwa

The Chris-Giwa faction of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has vowed to resume work officially on Monday, following Fridays High Court ruling in Jos.

“We are taking over immediately and will announce a new head of media soon,” he told local media.

This development comes, as the Amaju Pinnick led faction, have appealed the ruling.

“It is disappointing we are still taking football matters to civil courts. We will definitely appeal this case,” the embattled Pinnick said.

However, Giwa has insisted that from henceforth, all NFF matters will come through him.

This is likely to get Nigeria into hot water with the world football governing body, FIFA, who ratified Pinnick’s election in September 2014.

Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, had ordered Giwa to withdraw his case from court, which prevented a FIFA ban. But he re-filed his lawsuit, after a meeting called by Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung to reconcile the two factions ended in a deadlock in January this year.

Government Will Not Pay Foreign Coach, Sports Minister Tells NFF

Nigerian sports minister Solomon Dalung has made it very clear the country’s government will not pay the salaries of a foreign coach for the Super Eagles.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are pushing for a foreign coach to take charge of the Super Eagles ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, which begin in October, after the three-time African champions failed to qualify for the AFCON a second straight time.

An official said: “The minister made it very clear during his meeting with the NFF on Tuesday that the government will not pay for a foreign coach and he does not expect the NFF to use the subvention they receive from the government to pay such a coach.”

Another official further disclosed,” What the minister really wants is that in four weeks, the NFF will come back with how they hope to pay for a foreign coach.

“If they can prove they can afford it, he will not stop them from hiring such a coach.”

NFF president Amaju Pinnick has been quoted as saying he will get a private company to offset the salaries of a foreign coach.

The NFF had earlier announced that the salaries of Sunday Oliseh will be borne by a top commercial bank, but by the time the coach quit his post he was owed three months’ pay.

I Will Not Resign Over Super Eagles’ Elimination – Pinnick

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, has said that he would not resign amid public outcry and flak that have trailed the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon next year.

His uncompromising stance is against the grain that it was under his watch that Nigeria missed two consecutive Africa Cup of Nations finals, a setback that is unprecedented in the nation’s football history.
Following the 1-0 loss to Egypt in Alexandria on Tuesday, the Super Eagles will now miss the plane to Gabon 2017 in same manner they were absent at the event in Equatorial Guinea in 2015.

Pinnick, who briefed Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, shortly after the chartered flight that took the delegation to Alexandria arrived in Abuja, addressed reporters yesterday.

He vowed not to resign, saying he was legally elected by the Nigerian football congress. In addition, Pinnick insisted the executive committee he headed deserves commendation as the country excelled across boards at international football competitions, particularly in youth football.

He said he was not giving excuses but was rather more determined in righting the wrongs that happened by focusing on the Olympic football in Brazil in August.

“I am not going to resign. I don’t think we have done very badly. When you are in a battle field you don’t retreat as whoever comes in will have to begin from where you started: he might run into the same pit. I was elected by the Nigerian football congress and have a mandate for four years. Our template is there to take football forward 100 per cent,” Pinnick declared.

While attributing the loss to Egypt to destiny, Pinnick said the federation would now concentrate on qualifying for the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia in 2018 by liaison with their agents to utilise the two available windows in June by organising friendly matches for the national team.

Pinnick said an expansive consultative forum will also meet Dalung on Tuesday to determine the future of interim coach, Samson Siasia, who handled the team in the two games against Egypt, or decide whether Nigeria should hire a foreign coach on a long term-term basis.

He attributed the misfortunes of football to the doorstep of former President Goodluck Jonathan. The NFF chief said it was the former president who prevailed on the board to reverse its decision not to hire former coach Stephen Keshi for a second spell with Eagles after he failed to qualify Nigeria for AFCON 2015.

While thanking God for the safe trip back home from the reverse fixture in Egypt, Pinnick disclosed that the chartered flight that conveyed the team to Alexandria was packed next to the Egypt Air A320 that was hijacked and diverted to Cyprus.

After the Egyptian authority was notified, a round the clock surveillance was put on the Eagles’ plane before their departure.

Minister To Attend Oliseh Hearing

It has been confirmed that Nigerian sports minister Solomon Dalung will be present when the country’s former coach Sunday Oliseh appears before the House of Representatives sports committee in Abuja on Thursday.

Oliseh is expected to give his own version to why he suddenly quit his post with just a month to crucial AFCON qualifiers against Egypt.

“The sports minister has insisted he be part of the committee’s hearing and so he will be in attendance on Thursday,” a sports ministry official informed.

The sports minister ordered Oliseh not to be sacked when Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick presented a recommendation of the technical committee that the coach be fired.

The NFF have maintained this briefing is a major distraction as the Super Eagles are preparing for must-win AFCON qualifiers against Egypt.

Dalung Defends Rio Inspection

Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung has described his delegation’s visit to Rio, venue of the forthcoming Olympic Games as indispensable .

Barrister Dalung made the remark after a three day visit of facilities in Rio to be used by Nigerian athletes during the games.

According to the Minister, the visit was necessary to enable the ministry to plan ahead for the games.

“Nigeria will be taking part in just a few sports and the venues are scattered all over Rio. Our visit to the various venues, some of which are ninety percent ready, was very essential to enable us to plan for our athletes. What we saw gave us a first hand information on what to expect in terms of movement, arrivals, accreditation and distance between games venues and athletes village as well as mode of transportation”.

The Rio Olympic Games start from August 5 – 21, 2016. More than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees, including Kosovo and South Sudan for the first time, will take part in the 31st Olympiad.

Nigeria will compete in athletics, canoeing, table tennis, men’s football, wrestling, Weightlifting and men’s basketball.