Reacting to the allegation of receiving a large amount of money from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), to attend its April 7, 2015, Congress in Cairo, Egypt, the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has come out debunk the reports.
Concise News learnt that there was an initial claim that the Africa football governing body collected a sum of $565,471 from the NFF to attend its 2015 Congress in Cairo.
“The NFF had by its President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick claimed to have spent to your organization the sum of $565,471 to attend the 2015 Congress on the above stated in Cairo, Egypt. Please kindly clarify if you received such payments from the NFF to attend the said Congress.”
Part of the letter to CAF which was signed by SPIP chairman, Okoi Obono-Obla, read: “The Agency is investigating the Nigeria Football Federation on the 2014 FIFA World Cup payments and other financial transactions made to CAF on 2nd of April, 2015 and 10th of April, 2015 respectively.
However, CAF, in a statement, through its general secretary, Mouad Hajji, on June 30, 2019, said attending any of its congresses does not require any financial contribution from members associations.
He said: “Referring to the final report (please find attached the enclosed copy) approved by the 2015 General Assembly It appears that CAF did not receive any payment from the Nigeria Football Federation.
“The participation of all the National Associations in the Congress is free and requires no contribution from the latter to the holding of these General Assemblies and the expenses are borne by CAF for all the representatives of the participating federations.
“In conclusion, I confirm that no contribution from the Nigeria Football Federation has been received by CAF.
“While remaining at your disposal, for more clarifications, please accept dear Mr. Chairman our most sincere greetings,” the statement read.