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Sports Minister Oppose Nigeria’s Participation in World Cup

Sports minister, Solomon Dalung has added to his growing catalog of jaw-dropping quotes after suggesting that Nigeria is ‘too poor to win the World Cup’. Dalung, who is already unpopular with a lot of Nigerians said this on Friday in an interview with Voice of America.
He was quoted as saying that the competition stinks of corruption, that Nigeria is too poor to waste money on it and that Nigeria would never win the trophy.

“The cup that we can win is the African Cup of Nations. There is nothing again that will take us to another man’s balcony in the name of the World Cup. We already have the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics. For these, we can attend such meets. But I am opposed to the World Cup. We don’t agree to it. Conspiracy in the World Cup is too much,”

According to him, Nigeria should only participate in competitions like the African Nations Cup and the Commonwealth games they are guaranteed of winning.

“There is nothing again that will take us to another man’s balcony in the name of the World Cup. We already have the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics. For these, we can attend such meets. “But I am opposed to the World Cup. We don’t agree to it. Conspiracy in the World Cup is too much. “We are here suffering from hunger and we don’t have money for such things. “There is the issue of bribery and favouritism, there is also the issue of corruption before you are even given the hosting rights. “That is why, even if we try many times, once it gets into the politics of the game, we can never win.
“That was why this year, we had to tackle him (FIFA President, Ginani Infantino) and we said, ‘you , Infantino, if you win this election, you have to give us a position.
“If not, we shall not agree.’ And you see, by the grace of God, he even picked an African as his Secretary-General, that means one day, we shall get to really lick the honey, that also means he has started taking honey and rubbing on our lips,” he added.

Dalung came under heavy attack from the Nigeria Social media sphere after his interview, as many believe that football is the only remaining factor that unites a country already divided among tribal and religious lines.

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