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We Did Not Collect Any Money from Japanese Plastic Surgeon Katsuya Takasu – NFF

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Coach Siasia and Captain Mikel receiving the cheques from Dr. Takasu

Coach Siasia and Captain Mikel receiving the cheques from Dr. Takasu

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has reacted to a tweet by former goalkeeper, Peterside Idah suggesting that the Federation wanted to ‘hijack’ the donation to the team by a Japanese plastic surgeon, Dr. Katsuya Takasu.

Takasu had before the game announced that he was going to watch the 3rd place game between Nigeria and Honduras on Saturday, and present the $390,000 to the team ($200,000 in Coach Samson Siasia‘s name and $190,000 in Captain Mikel Obi‘s name).

Idah had tweeted before the game that the NFF wanted to hijack the money.

Reacting to the development, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick said:

His message was a lie, an atrocious false alarm before an important match. I had exchanged correspondence with the Honourable Minister on the issue of the donation and we agreed that there was need for caution. The Minister said to me that he read the donation in the papers and had expressed serious concern. I also received a mail from the NFF Integrity Officer who expressed very serious concern with this kind of donation.

I got in touch with the Ambassador of Nigeria to Brazil and the Honourable Minister to say that whatever had to be done should be done after the Bronze Medal Match, to avoid any distractions. The NFF may be having financial challenges, but I assure you nobody in the Federation is interested in that money.

If we get the Government’s go-ahead to collect the money, no official of the NFF will be involved even in the collection. The money will be received directly by the team.

Pinnick added that the status of Nigeria as a sovereign nation, and the integrity of Nigeria football, is bigger than such financial gains.

“If we had rushed to collect that kind of money and hand over to the players, the same people who are condemning the NFF now would have said worse things. There are matters in the football world today that FIFA and the various confederations frown at. We are very much aware of that,” he said.

Dr. Takasu has however, handed the cheque to Siasia and Mikel Obi.

Photo Credit: Twitter – @KatsuyaTakasu

15 Comments

  1. Latifa

    August 21, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Whatever the case is so long as the cheques are given directly to Siasia and Mikel

  2. nwa nna

    August 21, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    NFF like everyone other Nigerian governmental agency is rotten! I’m very certain that they must have attempted to hijack the funds being donated by the Japanese doctor until an alarm was raised!! No shame in Nigeria’s thieving game walahi!
    Gosh, something drastic really needs to be done to curb the incessant corruption and thievery plaguing the entire country..
    I remember watching the Nigerian Olympics soccer games and hearing the sportscasters making several mention of the financial challenges faced by the Nigerian team and I was so embarrassed because I thought all this was a result of the corruption that’s slowly killing Nigeria like the death of a thousand cuts

    • Iris

      August 21, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      Yep. I won’t be surprised if they tried to take the funds and got caught. I listened to some of the track athletes and I was so depressed. They didn’t have good during the Dubai layover and meal provision was a problem for the first few days in Brazil as well

  3. Nv

    August 21, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    They need the government’s approval before collecting the money? Is that standard procedure?

    • Bright

      August 22, 2016 at 6:34 am

      Thats never any standard procedure when the govt backed out from the athletes at the rio olympics, they left these guys out there to cater for themselves.. look at how poorly we performed in all games! Not even one medal apart from the bronze gotten from football.

  4. EC

    August 21, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Nigeria when will we learn. When the president is busy touring the globe and our players not given the funds they need. They wait for a foreigner to pay interest to our team. Please please let this money go to the men that earned it on the field and their coaches.

  5. chiomah

    August 21, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    I am just happy that the Cheques were written in the name of Siasia and Mikel…Thanks to Dr. Katsuya, you are a man of honour. Shame on the Min of Sports and some of the big organisations in Nigeria…they could have done better.

  6. Pretty girl

    August 21, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    But uncle the money ain’t for u. It’s for the player’s

  7. Mimi0560

    August 21, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    I just knew this cheque would cause wahala. ..

  8. Niyoola

    August 21, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    BN, you left out the tweet from NFF, quoting Pinnick, saying Nigeria is a soveriegn state, and th money sho go through proper channels.

    It Is obvious Pinnick & NFF intended to tak the money, money, wa averted due to the oucry following Idah’s tweets.

    Pls include the tweet, this Pinncik’s denial is just damage control.

    • Niyoola

      August 21, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      *face palm*
      See typos o.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      August 22, 2016 at 11:26 am

      Issokay, worry not – the import of your message was received in full.

      And look at the statement of shameless, so-called officials – “I had exchanged correspondence with the Honourable Minister on the issue of the donation and we agreed that there was need for caution. The Minister said to me that he read the donation in the papers and had expressed serious concern. I also received a mail from the NFF Integrity Officer who expressed very serious concern with this kind of donation.”

      So… the Minister wasn’t concerned with the evil of NOT equipping and funding these athletes before our disgrace became international, na now wey outsiders don begin help government do their work that he is “expressing serious concern”?? Useless people, acting like a mother who refuses to breastfeed her own child and leaves the child screaming but rushes to fight a passer-by who brings a bottle of milk for the crying baby. No be una expose our shame???????

      Proper evil spirits in human form.

  9. Awon ole

    August 21, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Yeye people obviously wanted to hijack the money. Good thing the cheques were directly handed over to Mikel and Siasia. Well done to all our boys for the bronze.

  10. Prince

    August 22, 2016 at 9:32 am

    The man is even too smart for you guys. He gave the money to the players. Stuff and Scattered NFF

    • Nv

      August 22, 2016 at 9:51 am

      I’m telling you! That man wayo no be small! He made sure the letter of promise was public,he made sure he explitly stated who the cheque was written to,he made sure the keeping to his promise was public and took photographic evidence with the players with his excitement obvious. Does anyone know if he stayed in Nigeria? Him sabi the politics well.Seriously,that man’s joy is infectious. One would think he had a relative in the dream team. He was so happy for them it was just motivating!

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