The Sports Minister and Chairman National Sports Commission, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi says President Goodluck Jonathan had approved funds for a large contingent of Super Eagles supporters to attend the 2014 World Cup playoff between the nation and Ethiopia.
The minister disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja on Friday while also stressing the president’s commitment to ensure a successful outing at the Brazil World Cup.
Nigeria and Ethiopia lock horns in Addis Ababa on October 13 for one of the five slots available for the African continent at next year’s football showpiece.
“I am delighted to say that Mr President has given us his full support,” said Abdullahi.
“He has provided funds for the NFA to ensure that large contingents of Nigerian fans are taken to Ethiopia for the game.
“Everyone who witnessed Afcon 2013 knows how vociferous Ethiopian fans could be; so we are responding appropriately to ensure that large contingents of Nigerian supporters are represented.
“As Mr. President has approved financial support for this, we are doing everything possible to ensure that we come back from Ethiopia with every god result.”
The Minister also said preparations for the decisive encounter is in swift progression.
“The preparation is going on very well, I speak everyday with officials of the Football Association and everything is going on well,” he added.