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NFF Dismisses Arise Tv Accusation Of Refusing To Attend Shofoluwe’s Burial

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Frankie Omokhua

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is putting in place all necessary arrangements for the final 2021 AFCON qualifying games against Benin Republic and Lesotho.

Speaking with Sports Yarn Class (SYC) on Thursday, NFF‘s Head of Media and Communication, Ademola Olajire, says plans are being concluded on how to proceed with the games.

“All arrangements are on for the two games against Benin Republic and Lesotho, the final qualifying games for the AFCON 2021”. “I can assure you that arrangements are being concluded on how to proceed with the games. First, we’ll be playing Benin Republic away in Cotonou and the game against Lesotho will be coming up a few days later at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos”.

“In a matter of weeks, we will be releasing the list of players invited by the Technical Adviser and preparing the grounds for all logistics as the NFF is on top of the situation”.

Meanwhile, the NFF spokesman also used the opportunity of the chat to dispel some insinuation in the media which accused the federation of not attending the burial of former Green Eagles player, Yisa Shofoluwe, who died on Monday.

Reacting to the media attack monitored on “The Morning Show” at Arise Television on Thursday where the federation was accused of a deliberate refusal to attend the event, Olajire said, “It’s very sad and painful to have lost a legend like Yisa Shofoluwe. We are still mourning Coach Joe Erico that we lost the other week and now Shofoluwe”.

“It’s sad it happened the way it happened because he died in the night and the NFF was not sure when the burial would hold. The federation was not contacted about the burial ceremony, and it’s so painful because the NFF would have loved to be represented there. Having said that, we would look at any other programme and anything that can be done for the family and the NFF will certainly be part of that”.

In addition, following the spate of criticisms over the NFF’s inability to assist ex-internationals in the country, Olajire hinted that the federation has resolved to continue to do all it can to help them when the need arises.

“The NFF has been trying to do what it can within available resources. You will agree with me that the federation has very limited resources to deal with the plethora of national teams and international competitions and matches”. “The issue of ex-internationals is close to the heart of the NFF and I can assure you that the federation is thinking of even doing more”.

“You will remember that the NFF has in place a monthly stipend for the mother of late goals father, Rashidi Yekini and that was instituted along a similar stipend for the mother of late Samuel Okwaraji before she died some months ago”.

“The NFF will ensure it raises the resources to be able to take care of more ex-internationals and their dependant”, concludes Olajire.

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