THE Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has proposed a budget of almost N14.5 billion for next year, according to the communique of the body’s annual general assembly held in Uyo today.
Among the resolutions of the Congress is also the approval of Godswill Akpabio Stadium in the Akwa Ibom State capital for the Super Eagles’ home qualifying matches for the 2026 World Cup.
“The Congress considered and approved the NFF Financial Statements for the Year Ended 2022.
“The Congress approved the Nigeria Football Federation’s 2024 Budget proposal of the sum of N14,494,469,293.00 (Fourteen Billion, Four Hundred and Ninety-Four Million, Four Hundred and Sixty-Nine Thousand and Two Hundred and Ninety-Three Naira) only,” the communique states.
The Super Eagles are returning to the stadium in Uyo after being away for several years and they will be hosting Sao Tome and Principe in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier this evening.
The magnificent stadium hosted all of the home matches as the Super Eagles cruised through to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and they will hope for a repeat this time.
“After appraising the efforts, commitment and passion of the Akwa Ibom State government to the development and real growth of Nigerian football through its support and encouragement of the NFF and the national teams, the Congress commended Governor Umo Bassey Eno and his cabinet, and encouraged them to do even more as the Super Eagles are ready to make Uyo its home for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches,” the communique added.
The NFF also praised the national teams for their performances this year, singling out the Super Falcons for special mention for their Women’s World Cup heroics as they reached the round of 16 without losing any match in open play.
“The Congress appreciated the efforts of the various national teams, in particular the outstanding performance of the Super Falcons at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023, and the U17 girls’ bronze medal-winning effort at the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup India 2022,” it said.
The Congress also approved the change of name of the Nigeria Professional Football League to the Nigeria Premier Football League and passed a vote of confidence on the Executive Committee of NFF led by Ibrahim Gusau.
PHOTO: The Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.