NFF: Match-fix­ing al­le­ga­tions fic­tion, fal­lacy

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Mansur Abubakar

The Nigeria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion has dis­missed as ‘to­tally fal­la­cious’, the claim by a self-con­fessed and con­victed Sin­ga­porean match-fixer, Wil­son Raj Peru­mal that he helped Nigeria qual­ify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup fi­nals in South Africa.

In a state­ment in Abuja, the NFF de­clared that the en­tire claim by Peru­mal was noth­ing more than ‘dis­tinct fic­tion’ and in­sisted that the true he­roes of Nigeria’s qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the 2010 FIFA World Cup fi­nals were the Federal Govern­ment, the NFF, play­ers and coaches of the Su­per Ea­gles and the gen­er­al­ity of Nigeria ball fans.

“We have gone through the fic­ti­tious write-up by the Sin­ga­porean, who was fit­tingly con­victed for his ne­far­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties and has spent time in jail. The NFF will only say at this mo­ment that there was no truth to the claim and that we had noth­ing to do with Peru­mal all through the Su­per Ea­gles’ qual­i­fy­ing se­ries for 2010 FIFA World Cup.

“Peru­mal’s state­ments are a hog­wash and have no legs to stand on. We have or­dered for the book it­self with a view to di­gest­ing it and look­ing crit­i­cally at it. If the book im­pugns on the im­age of the Nigeria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion, our play­ers and the larger im­age of our dear coun­try, we will take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion,” NFF Gen­eral Sec­re­tary, Bar­ris­ter Musa Amadu said yes­ter­day.

Amadu said that fur­ther en­quiries should be di­rected to world foot­ball gov­ern­ing body, FIFA, since the match was a FIFA com­pe­ti­tion qual­i­fier.

Fur­ther­more, NFF’s In­tegrity Of­fi­cer, Dr. Mo­hammed Sanusi, stated that along­side the NFF Match­fix­ing In­ves­tiga­tive Of­fi­cer, Dr. Chris­tian Emeruwa, he is in com­mu­ni­ca­tion with FIFA Se­cu­rity on match-fix­ing mat­ters and they will dig deeper into the claim.

Nigeria over­hauled Tu­nisia, Kenya and Mozam­bique in the fi­nal rounds of the qual­i­fi­ca­tion se­ries to reach the first FIFA World Cup fi­nals to be staged on African soil, in 2010.

Luk­man Haruna of Nigeria chases Lionel Messi of Ar­gentina dur­ing their 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group B match at El­lis Park Sta­dium in Jo­han­nes­burg, South Africa.

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